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c. early 20th century ornamental cast iron interior hammond masonic

About the object

largely intact early 20th century american antique interior auditorium theater seat end comprised of cast iron and manufactured by the heywood-wakefield furniture company, menominee, mi. the unique seat end was salvaged from the non-extant hammond, indiana masonic temple. according to the northwest indiana times, the mammoth cornerstone to the ornately elegant three-story red brick building on muenich court was laid may 1, 1907, to great fanfare. speaker for the day was none other than charles fairbanks, vice president under u.s. president theodore roosevelt. in 1921, the masonic building association enhanced the building to the tune of $440,000. the theater seat end features a centrally located embossed shriner emblem accentuated with gold leaf. the weathered and worn gray paint finish is consistent with age. the partially intact arm rest is comprised of solid birch wood with darkly stained varnish.
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109 GBP

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