Cast iron Finial from the Connecticut State Capitol building.
A very rare piece of history - removed from the Connecticut state capitol in the late 1970's early 1980's during a major renovation of the 1879 gothic victorian grand building constructed in Bushnell Park (formerly Trinity college property)
Prior to the construction of this building - Connecticut had two state capitals: one in New Haven, one in Hartford - after centuries of the state government alternating it's location yearly - a legislative act was passed locating the seat of state government in Hartford (of course the citizens of Hartford sweetened the pot with a $500,000 gift towards the construction of a new building!)
A site was chosen and paid for by the state - 6 years of construction overruns, and finally in 1879 a brand new $3.2 million dollar building was opened - the building was one of the top ten architectural wonders of it's period. A century of wear and tear caught up with the building in the 1970's and luckily the leaders of the time thought better than to tear it down - instead they spent close to $20 million to refurbish the building.
This cresting - original to the building was made by Taylor & Fenn in East Windsor, CT - and recast in the early 1980's (by the same company!) for the replacement iron was put back on the roof! (provenance can be provided in a book commissioned by the Old State House association!)
I was using these finials in landscape garden beds - they have a great look to them.
SELLING THIS PIECE AS IS - ONE BROKEN FLOWER!
The finial measures 36" tall x 12" wide x 2 7/8" thick.
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Can be picked up in the Hartford CT region also.
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