Found in northern France, a salvaged heavy cast iron shutter dog in the shape of a woman's head. Dates from the early 1900s. Without this type of exterior hardware, a louvered or paneled shutter will swing freely banging against the outside wall of the house and perhaps the window. To avoid all of this from happening home owners used a cast iron shutter dog. “Dog” is an Old English word that means “a simple mechanical fastener”, a “Shutter-Dog” is a simple mechanism to tieback a shutter. The heavier end/head is designed to hang downward when shutter is open. The head pivots upward and locks in place to keep the shutter open. The long piece of cast iron was attqched to the brick or stucco of the house to secure the shutter dog.
The portion of the piece that would extend out from the house measures 2 inches (with head hanging downward) while the piece that goes into the wall to secure the shutter dog measures 2 inches long. When the head is upright to keep the shutter open, it can accommodate a shutter that is 1 to 1.25 inches thick. If the head is upright, it measures 3 inches tall from base to tip of head. Original black paint has acquired a lovely weathered patina.
Highly collectible! Heavy. Can be displayed on a shelf or use as a paperweight on a desk/table resting in an upright position.
Price includes shipping within the USA only.