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Andiron (one of a pair)

ca.1790-1815
Origin: America, likely western Virginia
Overall: 13 7/8 x 16 1/2 x 7 1/2in. (35.2 x 41.9 x 19.1cm)
Iron
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1937-146,2
Wrought andiron with square sectioned billet bar mortised and riveted into the upright. Splayed, angular legs are formed integrally with the upright, which has incised decoration, a double tulip-shaped top, and a scrolled, front-facing finial.
Label:With uprights that resemble a pair of stacked tulips with side curls and a scrolled crest, these andirons are distinctly Germanic in design. This, and the fact that they were discovered in the mountainous part of central Virginia in the mid-1930s, suggest they were made in that region, where many Pennsylvania Dutch migrants settled during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.