MASSIVE & EXTRAORDINARY OVAL CAST IRON HERALDIC ARMORIAL CRESTS.
One of two pairs with SNo 11983 this pair centred with large single lions passant in high relief, integrally cast against vertically fluted grounds, all beneath high relief fleur de lys against horizontally fluted grounds.
Reputedly removed from an important structure erected in 1850 in the north of England believed to be near or in the city of Lancaster.
They are possibly the plaques from an iron bridge and may have been made in a Scottish Foundry.
English / Scottish early 19th century.
Shown with the original patination & paint traces. They are cast in one piece but the reverse is hollow with four locating / bolting lugs.
Weight each : 122kg.
Notes: The Fleur de Lys symbol...appeared in Syrian heraldry, also Florentine then adopted by the French Monarchy in the 12th century and earlier by the Frankish Kings... appears frequently in English and Scottish heraldry. It was in this configuration...Fleur de Lys over a lion rampant incorporated into the City of Lancaster coat of arms until 1974, when it was revised to show the lion over the fleur de lys. See image below.
Link to: Antique Grills & Gates