Aah! that sort of steamer- could well be as they are very heavy and I could visualise them on the deck and being anchored. Many thanksHi, benches that were placed on deck for passengers to sit (with blanket) during a trip up and the likes of Windermere etc. Popular during Edwardian times.
Many thanksit may also have been for additional decorative features that couldn't be cast in. or interchangable panels such that different districts or families could be catered for with only marginally expense.
if it's of Edwardian vintage then most parks (especially in larger cities) were still private, benches would often bear family crests and the such. a clever foundry may have come up with this solution.
Actually both lugs are on the same side of the casting and both of them pointing away from the slats. I’d love to think that they were from a Victorian fairground ride but I think they would be too heavy for that. Many thanks.The "lugs" seem to be on different sides of the casting - one pointing inwards towards the slats, and one outwards.
May or may not be significant - possibly mountings for a victorian steam fairground ride?
i hadn’t thought of that - good idea - I’ll give it a try. Many thanksI would start by looking at the crest, maybe do a google image search with it (i think I'm right in saying you can drag the file into the search box and it initiates a search matching the image).
Eureka!!!! Fantastic, Brilliant!! - that is exactly the same as my bench and the mystery is solved. I can now set about re-building it and I may even incorporate a couple of parasols. Many thanks for your help and thank you to all who have replied. This is a great website community.Your bench ends look pretty similar to this A wrought iron garden bench with parasol. 107 cm(w) x 70 cm(d)
Looks like the round holes with the dowels held a parasol and the lugs were possibly for joining multiple benches together?