This is a charming late Victorian era embroidered footstool with great figural cast iron legs of a lion head with paw feet. It is c1890-1905 and structurally sound as all screws holding the legs have been recently replaced.
We wanted to clean the embroidery pretty badly, but over the years we have learned to leave it alone because it either comes out great or we get scolded for messing with the "true state" of the item as it was found. What I can tell you is that there are no foul odors and I think it can be lightly cleaned, right on the stool, successfully if you choose to do. Those of you that have followed me for years know I like things in their natural state, but it is a matter of opinion and what you are using the piece for. The colors on the embroidery are true in the photos and the background is a shade of minty green with colors of pink, kelly green, yellow, blue and olive green.
The stool top is crafted in maple wood and the wood is all good. We note some tiny flecks of white paint here and there that I can take off with my fingernail. Otherwise, the wood is sturdy and good with a nice finish. The legs are the best. The upper part of the cast iron legs looks like a lion and man with the lower part of the legs having the traditional claw. We note that all leg screws were replaced sometime recently, and the stool is sturdy. It is in Good+ condition for its age.
This little footstool is a great accent piece for several different decorative styles including Victorian, Country and Farmhouse. It stands 8" tall with a 11.5" X 12" seat. The legs alone stand 6 1/4" long. Would be great in front a chair or rocker, in front of a fireplace mantel, at the side or foot of a bed....endless possibilities.
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