Circa 1920 French Wrought Iron Coat and Hat Holder

$490.00

Circa 1920 French Wrought Iron Coat and Hat Holder

$490.00

Description

Known in France as a porte-manteau (loosely translated as “carry coat”), this wrought iron coat and hat holder is from circa 1920. The highly scrolled rack runs in a horizontal orientation with a total of eight hooks for hanging hats, coats, and umbrellas.

Three open intertwined balls serve as the upper tier of hooks. These “baskets” sit on top of twisted arms that are affixed by rivets to vertical brackets that fill circles at the ends of the scrolls. Each arm swings down, forming C-scroll hooks that align with the baskets; the upper tier of hooks were most likely for hanging hats, while the lower level was for coats. There are also two smaller hooks closer to the arrow-like center elements, possibly for umbrellas.

Originally painted black, most of the paint has been lost, resulting in a lovely rust patina. Coat racks became important elements of 19th century homes, where the vestibule was viewed as an introduction to the house. The heavily utilized item was also a symbol of status, ranging from simple wood boards with exposed nails for hooks to highly worked wrought iron examples such as our French coat and hat holder.

CONDITION: Good antique condition with paint losses. The exposed areas have developed oxidation, resulting in a fabulous patina. Please see photos for details.

INFORMATION
Country Of Origin

France

Age

Circa 1920

Dimensions

H - 15 1/8, W -32, D - 5 1/2

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Description

Known in France as a porte-manteau (loosely translated as “carry coat”), this wrought iron coat and hat holder is from circa 1920. The highly scrolled rack runs in a horizontal orientation with a total of eight hooks for hanging hats, coats, and umbrellas.

Three open intertwined balls serve as the upper tier of hooks. These “baskets” sit on top of twisted arms that are affixed by rivets to vertical brackets that fill circles at the ends of the scrolls. Each arm swings down, forming C-scroll hooks that align with the baskets; the upper tier of hooks were most likely for hanging hats, while the lower level was for coats. There are also two smaller hooks closer to the arrow-like center elements, possibly for umbrellas.

Originally painted black, most of the paint has been lost, resulting in a lovely rust patina. Coat racks became important elements of 19th century homes, where the vestibule was viewed as an introduction to the house. The heavily utilized item was also a symbol of status, ranging from simple wood boards with exposed nails for hooks to highly worked wrought iron examples such as our French coat and hat holder.

CONDITION: Good antique condition with paint losses. The exposed areas have developed oxidation, resulting in a fabulous patina. Please see photos for details.

INFORMATION
Country Of Origin

France

Age

Circa 1920

Dimensions

H - 15 1/8, W -32, D - 5 1/2

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