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Ball-top andiron with a compressed-ball and incised-cylinder pedestal on double C-scroll cabriole legs ending in flat, stepped, spade-shaped feet; cast, stepped billet bar. Two-part upright, each part cast hollow in halves and seamed vertically. Legs join pedestal from below. All parts held together by an internal iron rod threaded at top and peened at bottom. No marks. One of a pair, DL*075355A-B.
Maker is William Tuston (d. 1812) of Philadelphia, PA, w. 1802-1812. Attribution based on presence of pointed-knee or double C-scroll cabriole legs joined to upright from below versus side; both features appear only on andirons marked by Tuston. See Fennimore, Metalwork in Early America, cat. no. 57, p. 137. Further support for this attribution comes from the fact they came from Bainbridge, PA, about 100 miles west of Philadelphia in Lancaster County.
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United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
brass (upright, legs material)
iron, wrought (billet bar material)
overall: 12 1/8 in x 15 1/2 in x 8 in; 30.7975 cm x 39.37 cm x 20.32 cm
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Credit Line
T. H. Bean
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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