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Little remains ... to tell of the fame


R. Wood & Co Bronze Founders Phila / Central Park, New York / Sept. 2006

Do you know who belongs to these legs? It's the back of a statue of William Shakespeare -- the first sculpture of a writer to be placed on the Mall in New York's Central Park (also called Literary Walk). What caught my attention was the founders mark on the back side.
"Little remains today to tell of the fame of the Robert Wood iron factory of Philadelphia save for a few written references to the output and, best of all, the existence of marked iron from the factory." [from "Lacy Iron" by Julia Nash; p.233] Wood was innovative in his field and well known for his iron fence and garden ornamentations, but he also ventured into making larger-than-life-size bronze statues like this one.

Wood along with Elliston Perot opened branch stores in various places including New Orleans. "When laymen wax sentimental over 'New Orleans iron lace,' they are usually admiring ironwork that was the product of Eastern seaboard cities, New York, Boston, or Philadelphia. Wood set up a branch called Wood, Miltenberger and Company in New Orleans, to supply the city with much of its Victorian iron 'lace.'" [Nash, p.236]

The successive reorganizations of Wood's company were approximately dated by Miss Frances Lichten in 1952: Robert Wood, 1839-1849; Robert Wood, Iron Rail Foundry and Manufacturing, 1849-1857; Wood and Perot, 1857-1865; Robert Wood and Company, 1865-1881.


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