A cast-iron seat in the Nasturtium pattern, stamped “Coalbrookdale”, by the Coalbrookdale Company of Shropshire, England, the back and arm supports densely ornamented with nasturtium leaves and blossoms, the seat wooden, English, ca. 1875. 32 ins. high, 70 ins. wide, 23 ins. deep.
The Coalbrookdale Company, founded in 1709, began producing ornamental ironwares in 1810, including seating furniture, fountains, sculpture, flower stands, and urns. By 1846, at the height of its success, the company was the leading cast-iron maker in the world. The vast production of the Coalbrookdale Company was noted by countless American cast-iron foundries, including J. W. Fiske Iron Works, J. L. Mott Iron Works and Wood & Perot, who freely copied designs Coalbrookdale had registered in England.
The Nasturtium pattern, number 1958629, was registered and patented at the Public Records Office by Coalbrookdale on the 1st of March 1866 and is seat number 44 in their 1875 catalog. .
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