This is a spectacular authentic antique Victorian Country French to Arts & Crafts era circa 1870's to 1900 era ornate Hammered Wrought Iron Wire Garden Planter.
This has been in a garden estate for the past 100+ years with a Southern home provenance. Either a Victorian French Ornamental Iron planter or an E.T. Barnum piece but unsigned. E.T. Barnum made the majority of the early wire ware garden stands and expanded into ornate Victorian iron decorative pieces as well.
It is extremely rare to find one this large, hammered iron too. Great example of late Victorian early 20th century wrought iron work, which is not made today.
Wrought iron is no longer produced on a commercial scale. Many products described as wrought iron, such as guard rails, garden furniture and gates, are made of mild steel. They retain that description because in the past they were wrought (worked) by hand.The last wrought iron factory in America closed in 1969, with Britain's last foundry (the last in the world) closing 1973. It has been estimated that the production of wrought iron costs approximately twice as much as the production of low carbon steel. Some wrought iron is still being produced for heritage restoration purposes, but only by recycling scrap.
It shows great proportion measuring 36" long x 36" tall x 12" deep front to back with a 16" depth at base. This allows for an unusually deep elaborate floral or fern porch display; it can be planted or used for 12" pots.
Its original tin liner is considered good condition, layers of other paint color too, and still plenty sturdy enough for use - an old red paint base, not rust, shows through white paint. For liner, bottom at one end has some RUST through spots...I would simply place a layer of a metal tray on this end just to reinforce it....not a value concern.
Details of layers of old paint, twisted ends of elongated hearts and also heavy wire hearts surround container -- the iron scroll work curls beautifully into graceful feet.
This planter is quite substantial. No breaks other than the rusted area of the tin liner ~! Sturdy ~ strong ~ and heavy ~!! It was made to last ~! The heavy tin planter box is encased in its heavy frame which includes an iron strap on bottom center, and a double windowpane back. Beautiful from all angles~! Please see all photos.
This is a unique antique ornamental iron architectural piece to treasure for years to come ~ this quality and size does not typically surface into the market ! An heirloom quality garden antique of a spectacular design to enhance the entrance of an Arts & Crafts Bungalow, a Victorian home or a Cottage porch ~! Or utilize it as an entry console table with a glass top... many possibilities~!
You will love adding this to your home ~!!
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