This charming stove can be found on display in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in Williamsburg, VA.
Read more about the stove from the Two Nerdy History Girls. They say:
“Perhaps the most prominent building in Colonial Williamsburg is the reconstructed Governor’s Palace. The palace was the official residence of Virginia’s royal governors, and also served to bring royal grandeur to the colony. The governors reflected the king’s majesty through rich furnishings, an imposing display of weapons in the front hall and staircase, lavish entertaining, and the latest in technological home improvements. For Norborne Berkeley, 4th Baron Botetourt, and royal governor of Virginia from 1768-1770, this included the towering (it’s over seven feet in height) cast-iron stove, left, ordered from London in 1770.
The original stove helped heat the Palace, and was so successful that Lord Botetourt ordered an additional one for the House of Burgesses. When Richmond became the seat of the new commonwealth’s government in 1780, the stove was taken across the state to help warm the Richmond Capitol well into the 19thc. In 1933, it was returned to Colonial Williamsburg on a long-term loan, and now can be found on display in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Two modern reproduction stoves – one is shown right – stand in the ballroom of the Governor’s Palace.
Cuz it’s pretty, Sam.
As we approach 2018, remember where we are . . .
Melchior Paul von Deschwanden
“The Christ Child”
“May the love of the Divino Niño, the sweet Christ Child of Bethlehem, fill your heart with peace and joy, as you celebrate the day of His birth”.
Melchior-Paul von Deschwanden (January 10, 1811 – February 25, 1881) was a Swiss religious painter.
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