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  CAST IRON WAFFLE PRESS WITH A 16-STAR VARIANT IMAGE OF THE GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES, 1796-1803
Dimensions (inches): Frame - 11.75" x 11.75" x 2", Head - 5.5" diameter
Description:
CAST IRON WAFER PRESS WITH A 16-STAR VARIANT IMAGE OF THE GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES, 1796-1803:

Circular head of an early wafer press / waffle iron featuring an image of the Great Seal of the United States. Early representations of the Great Seal can be found with great variety. Normally an arrangement of 13 stars appears in a formation surrounded by clouds and sunburst. This one features a scattering of 16 stars above the eagle with an arch of clouds overhead. It also features a federal shield upon which are 15 pales (vertical stripes).

A variant on the same design, also with 16 stars and 15 pales, but with a more refined eagle, can be found on a waffle iron that was exhibited at the Detroit Institute of Arts in February of 1953 and at the Henry Ford Museum in May of 1956.

Tennessee joined the Union as the 16th state in 1796 and was followed by Ohio as the 17th state in 1803. The 16 star flag was never official, but the 15 star flag, which had 15 stripes, was official from 1795 - 1818. One or both of these 16-star, 15-pale patterns was almost certainly designed for waffle irons in the period when the nation had 16 states. Whether or not it was produced or copied afterward is a mystery. Whatever the case may be, such irons are early, dating between the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This style had long, cast or forged arms and was hinged just behind the heads.

A wonderful relic with great presentation.

Mounting: The paint-decorated molding has a gilded inner lip and dates to the period between 1840 and 1860. The iron head was carefully recessed into a supportive backing that was covered in 100% hemp fabric and mounted into place with archival silicone. The glazing is U.V. protective Plexiglas.

Condition: The waffle iron head is a fragment. The point at which the handle was welded was professionally ground down and polished by a previous owner. This seems to have been done many years ago, as the surface at this place had nicely oxidized.
   
Primary Color: black
Earliest Date: 1796
Latest Date: 1830
For Sale Status: Sold
Price SOLD
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