From 1838 to 2000 Wilmington Iron Works was the oldest business in Wilmington, NC and maybe the oldest foundry in the state. The iron works offered many diverse products to the people of Wilmington and the surrounding region. Among the many goods created by the foundry were turpentine stills, cannonballs and cannon shot for the Confederate Army, and much of the decorative iron work that can be found in public areas and private houses in the downtown area. With industrial gears and parts that was often needed by many of Wilmington's enterprising businesses, including many steamships and waterfront projects, Swedish pattern maker, John C. Bailey (1818-1880) had partnered with Levi A. Hart, to help fulfill the many request required. All of our collection from Wilmington Iron Works are in there original found condition. They still have the foundry dust with some small pieces missing on some patterns. We have a large selection and will be offering many different examples as time permits so check back often! We accept Paypal. And we will be glad to answer any questions we can on these wooden patterns.
This item is a wooden pattern used for castng a single bollard that would be used on steamships of the late 1800"s and into the 1900"s. Sometimes located on the forward bow as a samson post. Other times mounted on river tugs for towing. The tow lines were tied around them. Also used for mooring a boat or ship. NOT SURE but I do not think you will find a piece of history like this on the market anywhere in the US. SIZE: ( ID ) 53" tall x 16" dia top section x 7" dia bottom section. Has a 3 1/4" horn on hip and a cap of 5 1/2" tall x 4" dia.