Halsey Munson Americana
2707 Twin Oaks Court
Decatur, Illinois 62522
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Spectacular Moravian Star Barn Finial
The Moravian star form derives from a German geometry schoolbook exercise introduced in the 1830s and came to America in the 19th C. with the influx of German immigrants who settled in eastern Pennsylvania, in enclaves in northern New York state, as well as further south in North Carolina. Smaller versions of the star were often hung in the window as Christmas decorations. This one is free-standing, 46” tall and mounted on an iron post rooted in a base of zinc-coated sheet iron, a process developed in 1839. The star probably crowned the roof of a Pennsylvania barn. 23” point to point and is extraordinarily good condition. Probably the last quarter of the 1800s.