What is this hinged brass thing used for? And, is it an angel?

Discussion in 'Metalware' started by Curioser, Oct 29, 2022.

  1. Curioser

    Curioser Well-Known Member

    Picked this up today. Back plate with hinge is about 2 1/2" high. Cast figural front resembles angel with flowers on stems at her hands, swirling gown and maybe some Novueau-ish fronds? what is this for? There is a hole on the back plate but it is currently bent forward, towards the figure's head, at a slant. Maybe it should be level with the other hole at the bottom, then the unit could be hung on the wall?
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    There is a knob of brass on the back, as though it were a mini doorknocker. Is this for holding papers down? Hanging on the wall to hold a small cloth towel? Any ideas Thanks in advance!
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  2. Curioser

    Curioser Well-Known Member

  3. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    Why not??? Looks like a door knocker to me! Could be an angel.....
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  4. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    door knocker......
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  5. Curioser

    Curioser Well-Known Member

    Really? Seems too small, but I'm no knocker know-it-all! Thanks!
  6. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    screw it to a hard wood door and see if it doesn't wake the dead !!:hilarious::hilarious::hilarious:
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  7. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Definitely door knocker.:)
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  8. Rufus@frockstarvintage

    Rufus@frockstarvintage Well-Known Member

    Maybe someone pried it out of the place it was previously attached?
  9. Fern77

    Fern77 Well-Known Member

    Door knocker, no doubt, but no angel. Could be Pomona, or some other earth goddess, or just an allegory of spring or something.
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  10. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

    No wings, so not an angel. Looks like possibly has a halo, though.
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