Saturday, October 10, 2009
Dachshund Foot Scraper
No dire need, perhaps, of a foot scraper at our door these modern times, when city and suburban civic associations pave our streets and keep our walks shoveled clean (sometimes!) on snowy, blizzardy days. Still, there are occasions when it has its uses and, of ye olden days, a foot scraper bids one enter. In many guises we see it. Here it takes the form of a black iron Dachshund, alertly waiting the moment he can be of service to the incoming guest.
There are many styles of these foot scrapers available in antique stores, flea markets, and on e-bay; some are old, and some are not. The one pictured above is obviously pretty old, as the article attests. Looking at the photo in yesterday's post, it is pictured in the back left. It is the granddaddy of all Dachshund foot scrapers, measuring in at 22", and weighing 30 pounds! Expect to pay anywhere from $100 - $300 for it. We've heard that some of these may have a maker's mark of some sort.
The one in front of it, with a marked bump on the nose, is not old, but is nicely styled. The one to the right, facing in the other direction, is a small version of the granddaddy, and has a plate on the bottom to be screwed down - it is also old, and can be found without the plate.
The larger one behind it sort of looks like the granddaddy, but smaller with a curly tail. We got this at an antique store for a reasonable price of about $50, so we're not exactly sure of its age - most likely later than the granddaddy at least.
Regardless of the age, foot scrapers are fun to have and collect for the Dachshund Enthusiast, and as the Tribune article eludes, they are a welcoming sign to your home - much like the good little Dachshunds inside.