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Sunday at Saugus Ironworks

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Thank you for the photos.
The top photo of the thumb latch reminded me of an article I wrote for 'Anvil's Ring' a number of years ago. The marks on the handle, IIXII, I believe to be a form of hex sign. To my knowledge, this mark and similar ones were often placed on entrance hardware. They were used in Europe and the New World to bar the entrance of evil spells or the devil.

I have no proof of this, but I got a clue from reading about such marks in George Sturt's "The Wheelwright's Shop."

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Folks interested in the history of iron working in America but not able to travel there can read about in "Ironworks on the Saugus: The Lynn and Braintree Ventures of the Company of Undertakers of the Ironworks in New England" (ISBN: 0806109572 / 0-8061-0957-2) Edward Neal Hartley

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