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19th Century Original Painted Barker Cast Iron Keywind Barber Pole


Original James Barker Foundry barber pole. This pole was manufactured in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to coincide with the American Revolution centennial. This pole is cast iron and was made before porcelain coatings were used. Hallow brass tubes protected the outer glass cylinder. The surface was painted as seen and is believed to be one of the first iron poles to utilize stars and a geometric designs for accents. This uses a hand crank and is weight driven. The clock movement turns the stripes for up to five hours. This item has been professionally cleaned and restored. This has been check and is in running order. This fine example of Folk Art is in amazing all original painted condition. It is signed Philadelphia and has a key wind clock mechanism with the original key. The pole is constructed of cast iron with a glass window a surround and revolving red, white and blue post.  


  • Condition
    Excellent. The condition is very good with wear in areas consistent with age and use..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 81 in. x W 16 in. x D 12 in.

    H 205.74 cm x W 40.64 cm x D 30.48 cm

  • Seller location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Seller reference number
    19Thc Original Painted Patriotic Barber Pole in Working Order
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