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Question about an antique item seen in Powerscourt

  • 24-06-2021 12:26pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,260 ✭✭✭ 100gSoma

    I'm really hoping someone will know what this is? It looks like a decorative knob protruding from an old wall over a small bench. What is it was it used for?
    It looks like it slopes down so doesn't appear to be a bucket hang or similar.
    It's located in powerscourt house gardens on the outside wall of an old church.

    Any ideas? Anyone seen similar? I guess its 1750-1900 timeframe?



  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 7,048 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Gloomtastic!

    Interesting! Looks to me like some sort of prop to get up off the seat. Or as a step to help you mount a horse.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,260 ✭✭✭ 100gSoma

    I heard back from the head gardener. It's a courting bench. And the metal part originally extended down as a partition to act as a 'chaperone'. Interesting. How times have changed.

  • Registered Users Posts: 335 ✭✭ Diddley Squat

    It looks to be late 18th/early 19th century in date, with that Neo-classical decoration.

    The plate is bronze, is the knob iron ? odd looking, probably salvaged from something and made into a support handle at a later date.

    Surprised it hasnt been pinched. Quality bit of casting