Cast Iron Turtle Dove
Fragment from a two-piece cast iron bird. Late 19th century. 9" beak to tailfeather. This substantial 3-dimensional piece is half of an early life sized, full bodied casting of a turtle dove. Its original purpose is unknown, but was most likely a decorative element attached to a larger object. The dove's leg is made of threaded rod. This indicates the piece was most likely intended to stand as opposed to hanging like a gate weight. It now rests firmly in a heavy iron base for display.