iron, wafer

iron, wafer

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Circular wafer iron, plier form; both plates feature an incuse musical trophy design composed of a lyre at center on an open music book, surrounded by pairs of tympani and cymbals, five trumpets, and two flags, all inside a laurel wreath border. Two, long, tapered handles have rectangular shafts, cylindrical grips, and ball-and-acorn terminals; the tip of one is hammered into a hook holding a shaped locking ring that fits over the other handle to secure closed. Both handles have small arrow-shaped pads double-riveted to plates. No marks.
According to the accession file, the donor was apparently related to early Dutch settlers in New York and this wafer iron and waffle iron, DL*59.2205-.2206 are catalogued as having been "brought from Holland by early New York Dutch." The catalog card dates this wafer iron to "second quarter 18th century". Date seems early; further research needed.
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Object Name
iron, wafer
date made
place made
Netherlands: Holland
place used
United States: New York
Physical Description
iron, wrought (handles material)
iron, cast (plates material)
overall: 3 in x 5 1/2 in x 25 5/8 in; 7.62 cm x 13.97 cm x 65.0875 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of M. Josephine Page
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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