A 19th-century American cast iron “twig” bench in the manner of Janes, Beebe & Company in a white painted finish. In excellent antique condition, structurally sound, with no breaks and very little finish loss. A lovely piece for a garden or patio. An RT Facts Find.
From the Smithsonian regarding this design: “Cast-iron settee in the “Rustic” or “Twig” pattern. This bench imitates the wooden furniture found in nineteenth-century naturalistic gardens. Cast iron eliminated the need to search for the necessary tree branches to complete the design and offered more structural integrity. The design consists of dried oak branches with a few remaining leaves that have been laid asymmetrically and bound together with cords to form the back, seat, and arms. On the stretcher between the front and back legs are a pair of intertwined serpents coiled around the legs nibbling at oak leaves below the seat.” Please click here to view the Smithsonian listing. An RT Facts Find.
Dimensions: 49.5″W x 20″D x 33.25″H; seat height: 17.25″H