Andiron Patent Model

Andiron Patent Model

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Faceted pedestal-foot andiron from a full-size patent model (U.S. Patent No. 3,170) of a pair of andirons with three safety bars to prevent them from tipping or falling over, made by Edwin Smylie of New York, NY, and patented on July 12, 1843. Features a banded-ball finial on a conical shaft, spool-and-reel base and circular, scalloped foot on three pins. Four-part upright screws together and is secured at bottom with a nut. Two-part stepped billet bar attaches with threaded pin. No marks on object, but a darkened paper tag tied below the finial with red or purple wove ribbon is printed and handwritten with the patent information for the "Andiron." Portion of a second tag is tied around billet bar.
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Object Name
patent year
patent date
Smylie, Edward
place made
United States: New York, New York City
associated place
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
brass (upright, front half of billet bar material)
iron, wrought (back half of billet bar material)
overall: 19 3/4 in x 5 3/4 in x 21 3/4 in; 50.165 cm x 14.605 cm x 55.245 cm
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catalog number
patent number
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Credit Line
Smithsonian Institution
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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