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Maker: Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Company (active Meriden, Connecticut, 1875 - 1940)

Date: c. 1886
Medium: Cast iron, copper with brass plating
Overall: 16 1/2 x 9 7/8 x 17 3/4in. (41.9 x 25.1 x 45.1cm)
Markings: cast into vertical section "PAT'D AUG. 24 1886"
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object number: 2003.10.a-b
Label Text
Of all the art brass manufacturers, Bradley & Hubbard was one of the most consistent in submitting design patents, including those for lamp brackets, inkstand holders, andirons, and sconces. Between 1870 and 1879 the company was granted at least eighty-six patents. Another seventy-nine patents were obtained between 1880 and 1889, a high percentage of which were for technological innovations or improvements in lighting.

These whimsical sun andirons are among the numerous objects F. Robert Seidensticker designed for Bradley & Hubbard. The patent describes the andiron form as comprising semicircular legs from which rises a serpentine upright, "terminating in the face, with the representation of rays radiating there from."

For the essay on Bradley & Hubbard, please see table 96.6