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Catalog Data

Medium:
Cast iron
Dimensions:
.001: 13 × 4 in. (33 × 10.2 cm)
.002: 10 × 5 in. (25.4 × 12.7 cm)
Type:
Fragments
Date:
ca. 1850-1920
Period:
Victorian (1837-1901)
Description:
Cast-iron fragment from a statue (possibly) in the shape of wing with a pierced shoulder.
Label Text:
The advances of the nineteenth century, made cast iron readily available, cheap, durable, and able to be formed in any desired shape beginning in the 1830s in the United States, though it was well underway sooner in Europe. Cast iron manufacture became one of the most important American industries of the mid-nineteenth century, effecting transportation, decorative arts, and technology. While the strength and durability of cast iron made it well suited to garden furnishings, which faced changing weather and heavy use, cast iron’s weak tensile strength made it fracture rather than bending or distorting.
Topic:
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Credit Line:
Smithsonian Gardens, Horticultural Artifacts Collection.
Accession number:
1984.115.001-.002
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Horticultural Artifacts Collection
Data Source:
Smithsonian Gardens
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/aq4e860b271-4910-4da2-9816-e11eb53be465
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hac_1984.115.001-.002