This is a splendid example with a crisp strike and chunky tubular pontil, from A. R. Samuels, Philadelphia, circa 1845-1850. The tapered top is applied.
Embossed: (string of stars over a large shield with clasped hands over a square and compass) / UNION (in oval) // (right facing Eagle holding banner in beak) / A. R. S.
Condition: attic condition - perfect structurally (no dings, chips or cracks), perfectly clean except some dust inside near the bottom to rinse out. Trace base wear. A great example with nice definition and crudity.
Reference Number: ET24