Four Cast-iron Armchairs
A group of four cast-iron armchairs, with lyre backs and floral motif, attributed to Wood & Perot, American, ca. 1865. 34 ins. high, 24 ins. wide, 24 ins. deep.
Though the maker’s mark on these chairs is almost completely obscured, it is likely that they were produced by Wood & Perot (1858-1866), or its later incarnation, Robert Wood & Company (1866-1879) of Philadelphia. The design appears in Wood & Perot’s 1858 catalogue titled Portfolio of Original Designs of Iron Railings, Verandahs, Settees, Chairs, Tables, and Other Ornamental Iron Work.
Barbara says, "Comfortable deep chairs that don't need cushions are always popular. We have spent hours trying to decipher the marks on these chairs to no avail, but the fact that they were marked at all distinguishes them as truly mid-19th-century".