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c1879 CAST IRON oak leaves HARTFORD CT CAPITAL building great 4 projects 33"h

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Seller: capitolsalvagect (4,072) 100%, Location: Tolland, Connecticut, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 390748666349 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 the 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!) This lot constist of 5 (five) cast iron leaves - these pieces were used to affix the iron cresting to the roof. The roof has a variety of different pitches, thus the 'feet' here have different angles. Original cast iron from circa 1878 period. Approximate weight of each piece is 5-8# All five (5) pieces = 1 price! FREE SHIPPING! Any questions - please contact me! 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 SALVAGE Sign up for my email newsletters by adding my eBay Store to your Favorites Condition: The items we sell are architectural salvage & antiques. They are NOT new and contain blemishes, scratches, dings & other character flaws. If there are MAJOR issues such as cracks, breaks or rot we will note in the listing description. Please understand you are buying salvaged elements, many that are over 100 years old. While not PERFECT condition, they do hold a quality in their craftsmanship & content unmatched by todays products sold at home remodeling stores., Color: iron, Maker: Phoenixville Iron works, circa 1878, Material: Cast Iron

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