Cast-iron Down Spout
A rare example of Virginia cast iron with both a signature and date. Charles W. Coontz was born in Frederick county, Virginia, November 11, 1827. In 1850 he married Louisa Krebs, of Winchester. He learned the trade of carpentry which he practiced throughout his life, in 1852 he started a foundry mostly making agricultural implements. This business was successful until the civil war when his foundry and home were burned by Union troops.
General Joseph E. Johnson appointed Coontz Depot commissary with the rank of captain, he was involved with getting supplies to the wounded after the battle of Gettysburg.