Thursday, October 29, 2009

our gorgeous new (really old) fence

Coming soon to the Cottage of Stone: ornamental wrought iron fencing!

We spotted this gorgeous fence on Craigslist. It seemed expensive, yet at $25 a foot - it was actually a great bargain. We picked up nearly 100 feet of this gorgeous fence. The plaque reveals it was made by Cincinnati Iron Fence Company. I can't find any historical information on the company, other than some catalogues that indicate they produced fences from the late nineteenth through early twentieth centuries.

Steven ranks this right below the barn wood salvaging as the second worst excursion I have sent him on. It was nearly a three hour drive each way to the property the fence was at. Then fence was set in concrete. Not just the posts - but a strip of concrete the entire fence line. The post anchors were not salvageable. But Steven and the property owner spent 4 1/2 hours with crow bars and sledge hammers removing the fence.

We have to get our fence permit.. and this is a Spring project anyway... I just couldn't wait to share. Next up, I would like to find some iron cresting for the dormers to tie in with the new fence.


Martha said...

What a find! A great iron fence! I bet you can't wait to get it in place!

Mike H said...

Your 4 1/2 hours of work was well worth the find of this ~relic~. Looks like it has some sturdy columns that tie in the entrance gate, nice.

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