Letter Holder

Letter Holder

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Description
Hanging letter holder for "THURSDAY", "FRIDAY" and "SATURDAY" in the form of a gothic tower or building consisting of four graduated brass plates stamped as facades that are attached one above the other to a single piece of sheet metal. "SATURDAY" features a pointed-arch portal while all the plates have triple pointed-arch and quatrefoil windows flanked by spires; the gables of "FRIDAY" and "SATURDAY" also include the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom with "DAY'S / PATENT" above and below. A partially legible, circular green paper label printed in black is affixed at bottom of the metal backing. One of two holders for all seven days of the week, DL*59.2300A-B.
Maker is Benjamin Day of Birmingham, England; Day first patented his multipurpose chimney ornaments (freestanding with folding candle or fire screens at top) in 1817.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
holder, letter
ornament, chimney
date made
ca 1840
place made
United Kingdom: England, Birmingham, Birmingham
Physical Description
brass (plates material)
metal, sheet (backing material)
Measurements
overall: 1 1/2 in x 15 in x 2 1/2 in; 3.81 cm x 38.1 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
DL.59.2300A
catalog number
59.2300A
accession number
113420
Credit Line
Bequest of The Misses Long
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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