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Object Name Object, Unidentified
Common Name plug, notch
Catalog Number 1989.2
Maker Buffalo Iron Furnace
Date ca. 1860
Material(s) Clay/Sand/Lime
Dimensions H-3.75 Dia-3 inches
Description This is an iron furnace hearth notch plug. It is made of aspatsulen which is a mixture of clay, sand and lime. It is roughly a conical shape.
Notes This piece was found by the donor in 1987 in a creek bed near the old Buffalo Iron Furnace, Greenup County, Kentucky. A plug filled the iron vent in the hearth of a furnace stack. It was "tapped" by the founder to release the molten iron into the casting beds.

The Buffalo Furnace was built in 1851 and had a 36 1/2' stone stack powered by charcoal fuel. It manufactured primarily cold-blast car-wheel pig iron. It was also equipped with a Davis hot blast stove. The furnace "blew out" in 1875.
Collection David Spencer Collection
People Spencer, David
Buffalo Iron Furnace
Subjects iron furnace
Iron Industry
Iron work
Iron workers
Search Terms Greenup County (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS