Wafer iron

Object Number: 
1958.78
Date: 
1800-1820
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
closed: 4 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 5 3/4 in. ( 11.4 x 80 x 14.6 cm ) open: 5 3/4 x 29 1/2 x 24 in. ( 14.6 x 74.9 x 61 cm )
Description: 
Cast iron wafer iron with two circular plates impressed on both sides with great seal of the United States with sixteen stars, attached to wrought iron handles; one ending in a bulb finial; the other with a loop hook.
Gallery Label: 
This wafer iron was made for the White House Kitchen in 1820. Only approximately 20 existed and they provided the Presidents with patriotic ice cream wafers. This wafer iron was bought by a dealer from Thomas Boardman of the Boardman family of Hartford, Conn. Boardman used an eagle touchmark similar to the Great Seal depicted on this wafer iron.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group