Philip Simmons Collection

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    Hammer & Anvil Charms

    “My instrument is an anvil. I guess some of you have heard me play… a tune on the anvil, the old blacksmith tune… I’m proud of that anvil, really proud… It’s very dear to my heart… That anvil fed me when I was hungry and that anvil clothed me when …

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    Snake Charm

    This gate commemorates Gadsden’s design of the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag used in the Revolutionary War. This is the first work in the long tradition of ornamental wrought iron in Charleston to feature a sculpture of an animal.

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    Longest Curl Charm

    Found along the front stairway leading to “Eagle Nest” at 45 Meeting Street, the “Longest Curl” is a wrought iron curving stair rail complete with an elaborate newel post. Made from thick bar stock, the curl makes two full turns and is topped by a faceted finial.

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    Egret Charm

    Commissioned in 1985 for the South Carolina State Museum, “The Philip Simmons Gate” displays a pair of egrets and a palmetto tree, the state tree of South Carolina. Stimulated by the publicity surrounding the installation of the gate, the state legislature awarded Philip the South Carolina Folk Heritage Award. The …

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    Fish Charm

    Invited by the Smithsonian Institution in the summer of 1976, Philip Simmons demonstrated his blacksmithing talents at the Festival of American Folklife in Washington DC. Philip designed and constructed his “Star and Fish Gate” on the mall near Lincoln Memorial. He intended to display a wide range of forms in …