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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 Face: PATENT APP. FOR and UNION WEB. GLOUCESTER.MASS.
● 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.