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Cast Iron Collectibles Before the days of air conditioning, cast iron doorstops were a


common method to promote natural ventilation. T e collectibles now have their own niche market in the antique world, thanks primarily to the ornate, artistic doorstops produced in the 1920s and 1930s.


“Halloween Girl,” produced by Littlestown Foundry, Littlestown, Pa., recorded the single highest price for any do orstop at a 2006 auction. One of only a handful of known


originals, the piece depicts a young girl dressed as a ghost and fetched an incredible $72,800.


Jeanne Bertoia, whose Bertoia Auctions specializes in antique


toy markets, has collected cast iron doorstops for 35 years. With a collection that tops 200 items, she said original cast iron door- stops continue to be sold for four and fi ve fi gures. In addition to her own Halloween, Bertoia’s collection includes pieces ranging from Popeye to detailed wildlife statues.


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