Stunning, one-of-a-kind c. 1871 Chicago Great Fire badly burned relic in the form of residential figural gutter spout cast in zinc or “spelter.” The female quasi-grotesque mask or canephoraesque head remains largely intact with most of the black enameled finish burned off. The fire clearly burned through the exterior clapboard, but left at least some of the wood plank sheathing intact, where the reinforced copper gutter base feeds into the end spout. A rare and historically important relic, passed down through three generations before being released into public hands. Measures 13 x 6 x 10 inches.
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