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c1879 CAST IRON finial HARTFORD CT CAPITAL building 93"

$1,650.00 or Best Offer 11d 22h, $250.00 Shipping, 7-Day Returns

Seller: capitolsalvagect (4,072) 100%, Location: Tolland, Connecticut, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 390370123357 mjcardin Store HUGE cast iron Finial from the Connecticut State Capitol building. A very rare piece of history - removed from the Connecticut state capitol in the late 1970's early 1980's during a major renovation of the 1879 gothic victorian grand building constructed in Bushnell Park (formerly Trinity college property)Prior to the construction of this building - Connecticut had two state capitals: one in New Haven, one in Hartford - after centuries of the state government alternating it's location yearly - a legislative act was passed locating the seat of state government in Hartford (of course the citizens of Hartford sweetened the pot with a $500,000 gift towards the construction of a new building!)A site was chosen and paid for by the state - 6 years of construction overruns, and finally in 1879 a brand new $3.2 million dollar building was opened - the building was one of the top ten architectural wonders of it's period. A century of wear and tear caught up with the building in the 1970's and luckily the leaders of the time thought better than to tear it down - instead they spent close to $20 million to refurbish the building. This cresting - original to the building was made by Taylor & Fenn in East Windsor, CT - and recast in the early 1980's (by the same company!) for the replacement iron was put back on the roof! (provenance can be provided in a book commissioned by the Old State House association!) These finials were rebuilt as the fragile nature of the iron made them easy to break or crack. A professional welder rebulit three pieces. The listing shows all three pieces - your bid is for ONE (1). Winning bidder has choice on which one. The taller two measure 93" tall and are 20" wide across the top and 16" wide at the bottom. The shorter piece is 82" tall and 20" wide across the top.These would make spectacular garden pieces or if you had a barn or period building these could be re-used. They are approximately 150# each. These will need to be delivered - or could be picked up in the Hartford CT region. Also can bring to Brimfield. Delivery for one is about $250 depending on region. We do offer layaway - Any questions - please contact me!:. .Can be picked up in the Hartford CT region also.Be sure to check out our other columns, balusters, gables, pediments, headers and similar high quality victorian architectural salvage in our e-Bay store! Be sure to add me to your favorites list! Check out my other items!CAPITOL SALVAGEIF you are going to be in the area and want to make an appointment to see all our items - let me know (we are located in Eastern CT) Sign up for my email newsletters by adding my eBay Store to your Favorites

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