Reposting Tangible’s most popular piece, first published in August 2012. Spoiler Alert: these cast iron horseheads are made in China (be sure to read all the way to the comments at the end).
They say desire enters through the eye. I first saw the horse head on AuctionZip, while browsing upcoming country auctions. By the time I sat down in my reserved plastic folding chair for the all-day sale, I knew I had to have it. Five hours and $250 later, it was mine.
The life-size (yes, life size) cast iron horse head measures 28 inches long and weighs at least 100 pounds. Four holes in the lozenged back-plate are for masonry mounts. That and the rusty patina suggest that it spent a lot of years outdoors, though there are plenty of ways of faking age. Although deeply rusted, detailed modeling still shows through. It makes a statement, to say the least.
So what could it be? Well, it’s possible it’s just a reproduction for the design and decorator trade. But if it were genuine architectural salvage, here are a few possibilities.
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