Old wood stoves were used since the start of having a fire burn indoors for cooking and to provide for heat during the colder months.
This type of spindle flue damper was used in the old wood burning stoves. It would control the airflow.
You rarely see the old wood burning stoves any longer unless you're out in a cabin in the woods and even rarer to find one this old. Today these spindles or dampers are valued as wall art or used for other rustic decor.
This spindle measures 6 inches in diameter. One side is embossed with ""Reversible Steel Spindle Pat July 20, 1915, Pat No. 1697100". (NOTE - I'm not positive that what I put for the patent number is correct as it's very hard to read.) The other side is embossed with "Griswold, Erie PA U.S.A., American 6 in".
As for the condition, it's in remarkable shape for being possibly over 100 years old. It does have a good amount of rust though. I have not tried to turn the handle as I don't know which way to turn it and I wouldn't want to damage it. I can tell you that the handle is very tight.
Delivery will be via the US Postal Service Priority Mail. Buyer to pay $13.95 (sorry, but cast iron is heavy). Shipping is from Nevada.
SPECIAL NOTE about partial REFUND of shipping charges:
Every January the U.S. Postal Service increases the shipping prices. This year's increase is beyond any we've seen in previous years. Before the 2019 increase, shipping costs were based on weight. A package weighing less than one pound cost the same amount regardless if it was mailed 2 miles away, or from coast to coast. Packages weighing over 1 pound were priced by what the destination zipcode was.
Now, the postal service has divided the United States in to 8 zones and all packages are charged by weight, size, and destination zone. Now it is not possible to state a shipping cost and have it be valid regardless if the package is traveling 2 miles or all the way to the east coast. I am in Nevada and probably 90% of the packages I mail go eastward, and a majority of them go all the way to the east coast.
To complicate this even further, Google will not show items for sale unless they have a designated cost, or unless the seller uses calculated shipping. My web host is not equipped to figure calculated shipping, so I have to quote a shipping charge using the east coast as the final destination and then refund over payments. When I return the overage, I usually do so by including cash inside the package when it's shipped. My feedback page will show verification that I do return overpayments.
As a buyer, there are two choices. If you over pay on the shipping charges, I refund an appropriate amount to cover the over payment OR if you'd like to send me a message stating your zip code and the item you are interested in, I can quote you an exact shipping charge and send you a custom invoice with an accurate shipping charge.
About Combined Shipping:
I do combine shipping on multiple items purchased, but as stated above, my web host is not set up to calculate multiple item shipping costs. At checkout, you will be charged full shipping price on each item purchased and I will refund the appropriate amount of over payment. If you are uncomfortable with that, send me a message with your zip code and stating which items you'll be purchasing and I'll calculate the correct combined shipping charges and send you a custom invoice.
International shipping charges will also take a tremendous leap. International shipping will now depend on the country. Buyer must contact seller for international shipping charges before making a purchase. Seller reserves the right to void any international transactions where contact has not been made prior to purchasing.
All items in my listings come from either estate or garage sales. I do not know if they came from homes where smoking or pets were present. All items are sold in the same condition as when I received them.