Christmas at Batsto

stiltzkin

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A few photos from inside the mansion done up for the season. I had never been inside at night before. It was a really excellent tour, with a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide.

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Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy Holidays to all.
 

stiltzkin

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Here is a question that came up after the tour, but did not have a satisfactory answer: is there some significance to this design on the staircase newel post?

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I think this would date from the Sloan & Balderston remodel of the house done at the beginning of the Wharton era in approximately 1878, which added the staircase. I assume it's something that Joseph Wharton, a man of particular tastes, specified for the design.

It could just be a simple geometric decoration, but I thought it looked pretty specific. It somewhat resembles a square and set of compasses, or maybe a tower or pylon. Would be interested to know more.
 

stiltzkin

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stiltzkin

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The detail on the newel is a Victorian or Italianate interpretation of a steam hammer from the time period?

Interesting! I really like this explanation. It does look like a stylized steam hammer, and steam hammers were one of the products of the Bethlehem Steel company which Wharton co-founded. I think it fits.
 
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