This large hook, with seemingly open arms of welcome, probably came off of a Victorian hall-tree-bench furniture. These pieces of furniture held the coats, hats, umbrellas and boots of the visitor. The hooks, that usually surrounded a mirror, came in sets of two or four.
This hook is cast iron but has a brassy coating. The upper arms spread at 5 1/4 inches. The center piece measures 3 inches vertically and 1 1/4 inches to 2 1/2 inches across. The piece is attached to the bolt. The bolt is pushed through the hall tree and fastened on the back with a nut. A spacer or collar sits behind the hook between it and the furniture face. After allowing for this spacer, there is one inch of bolt left. The hook projects approximately 2 inches from the face of the furniture.