Cast-iron anchor used to tether a hot air balloon to the ground. The anchor has a cylindrical shank, a curved arm at its base, and a movable balance rod inserted at the upper end of the shank. The curved arm originally had a pointed fluke at each end; one is now broken off. A movable iron ring is attached to the top of the shank. An oval-shaped hole and lip are centered on the balance rod. Made in the 1850s and used in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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