I found these antique claw feet on one of my junk hunts. They were very chippy with old paint. After a good cleaning and scrubbing I painted them with a couple of coats of clear finish. This also keeps the paint from chipping. I like the look of chippy paint but I don't like cleaning up the mess! You can use these lovely antique pieces for bookends or doorstops. I have a few pictures of how I displayed them in my antique booth. They would also look really neat on a mantle or a shelf. There are a few companies that have them for sale. They are around 54.00 - 85.00. I am not charging that much for mine. Dad made it home today.......welcome back!