Large double hooks such as this one were used on hall-tree bench furniture. You know, that piece of Victorian furniture that sat in the entryway of the home. It had a boot box (bench), umbrella stand, and mirror with hooks. The hooks were in sets of two or four.
This hook is iron and appears to have had a bronze or brass coating at one time. The two upper arms spread at a 6-inch width and was for hats. The lower “bar” was used for scarves, jackets, etc. The hook is a one-piece construction with the bolt. A separate collar backs the hardware hook, creating a space between the hook and the furniture face. Thus, the hook is fastened with the bolt going through the furniture and being secured on the back with the nut.
The hook projects from the face of the furniture 2 1/2 inches. We suggest oiling the iron with furniture oil to give it a rich luster. Painting such an antique will destroy its patina and aged look.