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Cast-iron Down Spout

Artist/Maker:
Coontz, Charles W.
Place Made:
Winchester Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
1856
Medium:
cast iron
Dimensions:
WOA 8-1/2″; LOA 62-1/4″
Accession Number:
5559
Description:
Large cast-iron down spout; having a long rectangular shaped form with a hollow center; having four wings petruding from the sides – two on each side – these were for mounting the down spout to an architectual structure. The upper end of the spout has a molded column-like design and the lower end kicks out in an “L” shape for water to drain away from the structure. The spout has embossed designs on the central shaft; the top design is in the shape of a double circle or an apple, followed by an arrow shaped design with the maker’s name embossed in the center CHARLES W. COONTZ.; followed by the date 1856; another arrow design decorates the bottom.

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.

History:
Provenance; Bought at a farm salem in Berryville, Clark county Virginia.
Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund