Fuelle

Description
A bellows is a device for pumping air to get a fire started and to make it hotter. This handmade bellows was collected from the Joyería Bairan, a jeweler's shop on Calle Fortaleza in San Juan. This jewelry store produced many silver ex-votos, probably using this bellows in the process.
Description (Spanish)
El fuelle es un artefacto que se utiliza para soplar aire a fin de encender y avivar el fuego. Este fuelle hecho a mano proviene de la Joyería Bairan, una tienda de joyas de la Calle Fortaleza en
San Juan. En esta joyería se han creado muchos milagros de plata, para cuyo proceso de elaboración probablemente se utilizó este fuelle.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
mid 20th century
Place Made
Puerto Rico
Physical Description
metal; wood; twine; rubber; vinyl (overall material)
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
twine (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 19 cm x 22.5 cm x 30.5 cm; 7 1/2 in x 8 7/8 in x 12 in
ID Number
1997.0097.0517
catalog number
1997.0097.0517
accession number
1997.0097
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
subject
Daily Life
Puerto Rico
Jewelry
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Cultures & Communities
Work
Vidal
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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