American, northern New York
Late 19th Century
The Moravian star form derives from a German geometry schoolbook exercise introduced in the 1830s and came to America in the 19th C. with the influx of German immigrants who settled in eastern Pennsylvania, in enclaves in northern New York state, as well as further south in North Carolina. Smaller versions of the star were often hung in the window as Christmas decorations. This one is free-standing, 50” tall and mounted on an iron post rooted in a base of zinc-coated sheet iron, a process developed in 1839.