Very rare 19th century cast iron garden Setter / hound seat / bench by the James Stephens Iron Works of Galway 1851.
A very rare mid-19th century cast iron garden Setter / hound seat / bench by the James Stephens Iron Works of Galway, dated 1851. With grape decoration to the back, the side supports of vines and serpent, and the arms with Setter / hound head and paw feet. Irish 1851
This is a variant of a casting design produced circa 1844, by the Coalbrookdale Foundry. The Coalbrookdale design, number 17597, is the second oldest seat design registered and patented by the Foundry at the Public Records Office, on 6th April 1844. It further appears as seat No. 9 in their 1875 Castings Catalogue, Section III, page 249
James Stephens’ foundry was on Merchant’s Road and they were responsible in 1851 for the cast-ironwork Lough Athalia Bridge, (one of the finest of its kind in Ireland), and iron work to the roof of the Galway terminus.
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