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The Colonial Revival of the early 20th century reminded people of the nation's colonial past and they then wanted things that looked colonial. Cornelius Kelley of Deerfield, Massachusetts, shifted his attention to making ironwork for decoration since new factories meant that blacksmiths who made tools and horseshoes were not needed much anymore. The Indian House Memorial in Deerfield opened in 1930 as a museum and a display space for things handmade in an old-fashioned way. The Memorial asked Kelley to make dozens of wrought iron things, including these candlesticks.


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Wrought iron candleholders

artisan   Cornelius Kelley (1874-1954)
date   c. 1925
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   15.0"
process/materials   wrought iron
item type   Art/Decorative Arts - Metalwork
accession #   #1998.19.01-.02

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Kelley's blacksmith sign

"Blacksmith's Shop"

"The Society of Deerfield Industries"

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