Wafer iron

Object Number: 
1937.1178
Date: 
ca. 1720-1820
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 35 1/2 x 8 x 2 1/2 in. ( 90.2 x 20.3 x 6.4 cm )
Description: 
Wrought iron wafer iron; rectangular plates with hinged handles; interior of one plate has engraved image of urn with flowers and birds and the opposite plate has a very fine grid pattern.
Gallery Label: 
A wafer iron is a long-handled pair of tongs molded with a design that is impressed on the wafer batter in the process of baking. This one was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group