March 27, 2014 | Categories: news
This large, cast bronze promotional door-stopper dates back to around 1895. Mezuzah-like in form, it features the surprisingly crude rendering of a double-breatsed Chesterfield coat and hawks its manufacturers as ‘Celebrated clothing makers’. Even a cursory Google search of Feder Silberberg & Co will bear out that the Cincinnati firm was indeed quite celebrated, at least in terms of newspaper coverage. A slightly deeper look will reveal that most of this coverage involves very little about their products themselves, and mostly concerns the many people they appear to have sued from roughly 1873 to 1913.