Framing Element for High Altar Gates, National Cathedral

Framing Element for High Altar Gates, National Cathedral

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T-shaped element made from a short square bar tenoned through a larger rectangular crosspiece and peened at top. Opposite end of the square bar is punched with a circular hole, while the crosspiece has two rectangular slots or through mortises running front to back at one end and two offset rectangular pockets or blind mortises at top and bottom of the other end. Yellow chalk marks across one side of crosspiece.
Maker is Keyser Brothers Iron Works, 4041 Ridge Ave. in Germantown, Philadelphia, PA, 1928-1971. Run by James Moore Bryant Keyser (1902-1977) and master blacksmith Howard Keyser III (1904-1980). Specialized in residential and ecclesiastical ornamental wrought ironwork, including the High Altar Gates in the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C. The forge was housed in an 1850s stone industrial complex that was dismantled in 1971 (documented by HABS/HAER).
Currently not on view
Object Name
element, framing
date made
place used
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Germantown
United States: District of Columbia
Physical Description
iron, wrought (overall material)
overall: 7/8 in x 16 1/8 in x 8 3/8 in; 2.2225 cm x 40.9575 cm x 21.2725 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Howard Keyser
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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