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Old 01-30-2017, 09:03 AM
Tommy Martin Tommy Martin is offline
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Picked this up over the weekend. Never seen the name before and so far not any info found yet.
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Old 01-30-2017, 09:47 AM
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I'm thinking this is a sugar kettle. The Star Foundry is listed in our CIC as being in Wheeling W. Va. Strangely there was another foundry in Anniston Ala. that produced a lot of iron during the civil war and also during World War II. I am attaching a link to Anniston Ala. that has some interesting facts but nothing concrete regarding your piece. I just did a quick search but maybe a more in depth search will link the two foundries. Good luck with your search.
http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/article/h-1464
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Old 01-30-2017, 10:43 AM
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I've been trying to link the two together without much luck.
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Old 01-30-2017, 12:41 PM
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There appear to have been several Star Foundries, none of which appear to be related. Old newspapers also refer to ones in Chicago, IL, Oshkosh,WI, Covington KY, Fayetteville NC, in operation in the mid-1800s.
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Old 01-30-2017, 01:30 PM
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I can't tell for sure from the pics----is this kettle/cauldron bottom gated? If not, it was almost certainly made after 1930 or so at the earliest I think.
Could've been a sugar kettle for boiling down sugar cane, but it doesn't fit the style of New England type sugar kettles for maple syrup. That type of kettle around here would've been multipurpose for anything from scalding chickens before plucking, making soap, making Brunswick stew, washing clothes, and on and on. Looks like a nice kettle. Can we see more pics?
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Old 01-30-2017, 01:45 PM
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The single reference I can find to Star Foundry in Anniston, AL is from 1946.
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Old 01-30-2017, 08:14 PM
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It's a cauldron with smooth bottom inside. 20 gallon
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Old 01-30-2017, 09:27 PM
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The grey book states a cauldron is a pot. A pot has a smaller opening than the largest diameter which is normally close to the middle. A kettle has the largest diameter at the top where the opening is. From the photo, this looks like a kettle.

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Old 01-30-2017, 11:21 PM
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Whether it's the pot calling the kettle black or vice versa is of no import here. If it's not bottom gated (and it doesn't look like it is to me from the lone picture provided), it's probably made after 1930 or so. Many, many foundries didn't mold any markings on their pots, cauldrons, kettles to identify the maker. Some internet sleuthing should be able to narrow this one down somewhat.
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Old 01-31-2017, 03:39 AM
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Kevin, we know the who and where. That leaves just the what and when for most folks. I posted info on the what for those that may be confused by conflicting terminology, not you ‘cause you know. Establishing the what will only leave the when.

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