Open Door

Open Door
Indianapolis, Indiana

Friday, December 6, 2013

What Once Was - Second Installment

After finding the first piece of the cresting Steve and John spent some time looking around the bottom of the bay window to try and find more. We are very excited about this find! Maybe now, with some research, we will be able to find the complete pattern or even the maker!!!

Without further ado, here are the pictures:

 This piece doesn't give us very much, but it does clearly show the cross in the pattern,

 While the third piece here doesn't show us much of the pattern, it does show, at least partially how these pieces went together. It's not at thick at the top (where the hole is.) This is classic design for cast iron pieces.

 Another piece that shows some of how this was put together. On the left end you can see where it was bolted to the next piece, and I really love the clarity of the bolt or screw used to tie it to the roof. Even after all these years the threads are still visible.

 Now we are getting to the really good parts! We still don't have a complete picture of what was there, but this gives so much more to work with. And with a little imagination it almost looks like a phoenix rising from the ashes.  

 And yet more! There's so much to look at, where to start... On the top left is a fleur-de-lis, the first one of these we have seen. There are also what look to be flowers and maybe a couple of upside down crosses. This is close to a whole piece, as can be told by the pin on the upper right side and the hole on the upper left. 

 In this last picture Eric fit all of the pieces together trying to create a pattern out of what we have. This may not be right, but it should be close!

What a spectacular and unbelievable find!!! 


  1. If you spend a little time on eBay or architectural salvage websites, you just may find some intact cresting in the same design. Then, 'someday' you could have it remade. Even if you don't find the same pattern, there are companies who make cast iron using the old designs. Thankfully, a previous owner of our home saved the railing from the upper & lower porches & balcony, so only a few pieces will have to be recast.

    1. Since the house is in need of, well everything, we have plenty of time to look into this one. I never thought to try eBay, though. Would really love to find the whole pattern so that we can have it remade. Fortunately, we have plenty of time to research!

  2. And I love this design with both a cross & fleur de lis!