An antique style air vent cover, cast in solid iron on the original wooden surround.
This air vent cover was salvaged from a building in America. The cast iron was once painted white and still has remains of the paint in places. Most of it has come off leaving bare iron which corroded and left a nice patina. The surrounding wood is old and has split in places. Please see images.
Victorian-era Americans thought that exhaled air caused sickness so those who could afford it heated their homes with a constant supply of warmed, fresh air. Air was drawn in from the outdoors through ducts into basement boilers or furnaces, where it was heated, and then carried through more ducts into rooms through fanciful heat registers mounted in walls and floors. Like radiators of the era, these moulded cast-iron, bronze, or brass grates were part of a new invention and were therefore designed with architectural flourishes like scrollwork and floral or geometric patterns in their filigree.
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Product Code: 31405
Styling: This would make an excellent centrepiece to a plain wooden table by cutting a hole in the top and inserting the metalwork. You could also backlight it and to turn it into a wall light, or use a a piece of art hung on the wall.