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Stove door

Object Number: 
Cast iron
Overall: 7 3/8 x 7 1/8 x 1 1/2 in. ( 18.7 x 18.1 x 3.8 cm )
Cast iron stove door (possibly for ash removal), depicting the arms of New York; arms includes sailor and Indian flanking a shield with windmill blades, beavers, and barrels; eagle above and banner (no motto) below; evidence of holes for hinge on one side; bolt through center, just to left of windmill blades, secures additional hardware to reverse side. Three filled holes, possibly from bullets.
Gallery Label: 
This puzzling object, originally thought to be a door to a cast-iron stove, bears the seal of the City of New York: a shield with crossed windmill blades, beavers and barrels, flanked by a sailor and a Native American. Because of its small size and unusual shape, it seems unlikely that it was actually used as a stove door, but it was originally outfitted with a hinge to allow it to swing open. Three small filled holes near the upper left corner may be bullet holes.
Credit Line: 
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group