Baltimore Maryland United States of America
DATE MADE: c. 1790 EARLY: 1780 LATE: 1800
The vast majority of andirons in America were made in the United Kingdom. However, this pair of andirons are nearly identical to a pair in the Maryland Historical Society marked C: WEIR. (MESDA Research File S-10101). Charles Weir (d.1806) has been documented by MESDA working in Baltimore, Maryland, as early as 1782. In 1784 the partnership “Causten and Weir Brass-Founders” advertised “mak(ing) and sell(ing) the neatest and most fashionable brass Andirons, polished Iron ditto, with brass tops…” In 1798 Weir is documented taking two free African Americans, ages 13 and 15, as apprentices. Following Weir’s death in 1806 his property was sold by the Orphan’s Court to support his children. His shop was described as “a one story Frame House on the front, occupied as a brass-founders shop, with a casting shop on the rear.”
DESCRIPTION: Pair of andirons with elongated urn-tops with finials, acorns, the whole resting on a square plinth with a scalloped base.