Set of Sixteen French Cast Iron 19th Century Bollards with Original Chains
Most homes and gardens have a spot that needs to be cordoned off to prevent unwanted access and these fabulous bollards will do it in style! When we bought them, they had no way of being stabilized in an upright position, so we had custom, heavy-duty pointed stakes about 14” high welded to the bottom of each bollard so they are easily inserted into the ground and stay where you put them…no concrete footing needed. Each bollard is separated by a removable chain that hook onto connectors on the bollards. There are 15 chains, of which 12 measure 36 inches in length and 3 of which measure 32 inches in length, but when you’ve installed them, only will a trained and critical eye see the difference, as it is very slight. The bollards and chain retain their original silver paint and have a small amount of surface rusting, commensurate with age and wear, but they can always be repainted if you like.
France, CA 1870
Bollards: H: 22 in D: 3 3/8 in W: 3 3/8 in; Bottom of bollards measure 2.63 inches square.
Enormous French 19th C Wrought Iron Demilune Window Frame/Mirror/Trellis
We are total suckers for great architectural pieces, particularly those with massive scale, although we often have difficulty sharing our visions for each piece with our clients. This is a spectacular ten-foot wide mid-19th C demilune window frame that still has one old pane of non-original glass, but think of the possibilities! It could be mirrored and installed in a grand entranceway, or we could have steel supports welded to the bottom so it will stand alone as a trellis (or reflecting mirror) in a garden. We also have some large brackets stashed somewhere in the barn that could be attached perpendicularly to the corners of the straight edge and the entire piece mounted as a pergola or glassed-in protective shield over a doorway. Or stand it up against a barn and let the climbing vines go to work. Regardless, it is a treasure and in perfect structural condition (we will knock out the remaining glass shards to keep you safe).
18th Century French Wrought Iron Wolf Head Weathervane in Stone Base
Now this is a stunning piece one doesn't find every day! it features a swiveling 18th C hand-wrought iron wolf's head weathervane without directionals and a stem decorated with all hand-wrought iron flowers, mounted in a limestone base. Perfect as a decorative item outside or in, it would make a lovely and unusual focal point in a small herb or kitchen garden or centered in a clipped boxwood knot garden. If you will be using it outdoors in cold climates, please install the limestone base on a piece of stone or a concrete footing to prevent moisture wicking and subsequent cracking.
This lovely carved stone piece date from the early 19th C and has a beautifully weathered surface with minor chipping to the edges. Found in Yorkshire, it has a largely blackened surface from the coal dust accumulated over 2 centuries outside. Perfect as a pedestal for a round figure or as a mini-fountain with the water gently cascading up through the hole and over the sides of the grindstone.
Now here is a piece you don't find every day! This late 18th/early 19th C wrought iron trade sign once hung outside a key maker's shop, embedded into the stone walls with the two long horizontal arms. It has an outstanding patina with remnants of old dark green paint and the detailed craftsmanship is superb. It would make an exceptional decorative focal point inside or out and we can have the long arms cut if you would prefer a smaller piece. A truly fabulous piece of historical folk art!
Magnificent Pair of 17th C Carved Stone Heraldic Plaques of York and Lancaster
These fabulous and very large hand-carved stone plaques depict the heraldic symbols of the Houses of York and Lancaster (the War of the Roses). In overall good condition, with old iron repairs to the sides and a few cracks, they are completely solid and loaded with moss. The bas relief carving is crisp and deep and features the Roses of York and Lancaster, surrounded by leaves and with the name of each house at the bottom. Removed from a prominent estate in Gloucestershire, where they were moved to in the early 18th C, these plaques likely date to the 17th C. They would make magnificent adornments to your country estate, affixed to or embedded in a wall or in gate piers.
Set of Four French Carved Stone Curb Stones or Pedestals
We found this set of four hand-carved pink sandstone curb stones in Northern France, covered in moss and lichen and begging to come to the U.S. They look marvelous placed end-to-end or spaced with short runs of low hedging in between them. Alternatively, turn them on end and use them for pedestals for urns or small statues. Minor chipping and weathered surface commensurate with age and use. Weatherproof in all climates!
Pair of English Carved Yorkstone Table Bases or Pillars
What a great pair of table bases! Classic in form and hand-carved from warm, golden-colored Yorkstone, these bases survived the coaldust-filled Industrial revolution in northern England, and so, have a blackened surface with early greening. Top with a large slab of granite or dramatic rough-hewn stone for a sensational dining table outdoors or in (and you don't have to pay for shipping the top!). Alternatively, use for a console table or a pair of round 48" dining tables.
Oval Carved Stone Window Surround Perfect for a Sink
We are always in search of unusual objects to convert into sinks and this is the best we've ever found. Dating to the mid-18th C or earlier, this beautifully weathered oval-in-a-rectangle window surround was carved from a single block of stone and has the most exceptional mossy surface. We can have our stone mason pour a concrete bottom for you or you can have it converted by your workmen. It weighs approximately 300 lbs, so please take this into considerations when you are contemplating a stand or vanity for it. We do have a fabulous blacksmith who can make any design you like.