Although we are increasingly being asked to conserve and recycle these days, buying garden furniture tends to be an area where new is often best.
In the Victorian era, the love seat presented a visible example of etiquette and how courting should be conducted. This which was generally in the public domain and the love seat was designed specifically for this purpose. The seat was often elaborately carved in mahogany or walnut, stylishly upholstered and fashioned to draw the courting couple together. Some were designed for the man to lean more (more…)
The difference between the use of wrought iron and cast iron in the production of antique garden furniture was often down to its period, its method of manufacture and its style. Earlier Regency wrought iron examples were usually manufactured by the local blacksmith in his forge, and were much simpler in design, where later Victorian cast iron furniture was mass produced and designs were far more varied and elaborate.
From the plain parallel lines of a Regency reeded and lattice work wrought iron garden seat, the hand work of the smithies is evident. Heating and continued hammering of the iron removed impurities and made the iron malleable. Continued working and hammering could then produce the straight and curved designs that were required. Wrought iron furniture of this period was (more…)