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Union Web cast iron horseshoe

This is an interesting little horseshoe shaped advertising piece. Although shaped somewhat like a bottle opener, its roundness and thickness argue against that.

Was it intended for use as a paperweight? Or, considering it’s size and shape, could it have served as a stand for a small (toy) iron?


● Cast iron with two smoothed gate marks along the wider end.

● Measures 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ with three short cleats.

● Weighs 4.8 ounces.


● On reverse: the inscription ~ GOOD LUCK ~ can faintly be seen.

None of my reference books document this casting and I’ve been unable to find any company history online. However, on searching newspaper archives I discovered several Union Webb hammock advertisements, published from 1880 to 1891.

I’ve also seen a number of collectible Union Webb Hammock trade cards. This card identifies Horace Partridge & Company as the sole agents of their hammock products in Boston, Massachusetts. It measures 3 1/2″ x 5 7/8″.

FYI, the distance between the Union Webb factory in Gloucester and downtown Boston was approximately 35 miles.

3 comments on “Union Web cast iron horseshoe

  1. davidsthornton
    May 16, 2021

    Could this be a gizmo or a widget needed to secure or hold the many ropes of a hammock? Some of the Union Web trade cards accessible via Google may point in this direction.

    • Lynn Rosack
      May 16, 2021

      Thanks for your reply! Interesting theory. I’ll continue to search for other Union Webb trade cards. Meanwhile, in reviewing 1880s hammock patents I haven’t (yet) found a hitching device or suspension ring of this type. Note also the 3 cleats on the reverse that could lift it slightly off a table surface. Here’s a link to Union Web trade cards currently on Google.

      • Lynn Rosack
        May 19, 2021

        I just won a Union Web trade card on eBay showing a hammock with a hitching device similar to this horseshoe. I’ll add a Blog Update and images once the card arrives.

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