Shown here is a purpose-built, cast-iron buggy whip holder
used for displaying various buggy whip makers' samples.
They were usually positioned beside the door or above
the end of the store counter. Available in two sizes (larger
is shown), there was also a smaller rack-type whip holder,
which hung against a wall.
This complex device is made from a high-quality sand
casting, which embodies the unique skills of the many
patternmakers and sand molders of the last century.
Often discarded, these holders can be found at auction
or in antique stores, where they are often incorrectly
described as heating grates or stovepipe protectors.