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Figural andiron featuring a human head or mask atop a fluted, tapered pier or flattened column on arched, squared cabriole legs with a scrolling vine in relief at top center and a round drop below. Entire andiron is a single, two-part casting, with the cast billet bar inserted into and fused to the puddle-cast upright when poured. Billet bar has two legs. No marks. One of a pair, 1983.0808.01A-B.
Possibly made at the Redwell-Isabella Furnace, located along Hawksbill Creek, near Luray, Page County, VA. Dirck (also Derick or Derrick) Pennypacker established Redwell Furnace in 1786 or 1787. It was later sold to Benjamin Blackford in 1808 and renamed Isabella Furnace sometime after that. Date range for these andirons encompasses both names. The site remained in operation until c. 1880.
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United States: Virginia, Hawksbill Creek
United States: Virginia, Shenandoah Valley
Physical Description
iron, cast (overall material)
overall: 11 1/2 in x 8 3/8 in x 16 1/8 in; 29.21 cm x 21.2725 cm x 40.9575 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of C. Malcolm Watkins
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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