Letter Holder

Letter Holder

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Hanging letter holder for "SUNDAY", "MONDAY", "TUESDAY" and "WEDNESDAY" 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. "WEDNESDAY" features a pointed-arch portal while all the plates have triple pointed-arch and quatrefoil windows flanked by spires; the gables of "TUESDAY" and "WEDNESDAY" also include the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom with "DAY'S / PATENT" above and below. Illegible, heavily worn and faded remnants of a circular paper label are 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.
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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)
overall: 5/8 in x 13 5/8 in x 2 3/4 in; 1.5875 cm x 34.6075 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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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