Coalbrookdale bench restoration

We have been commissioned to restore a number of lovely Coalbrookdale cast iron benches over the last few months. These items are becoming extremely sought after and are fetching high sums at auction so are well worth restoring. Here are two separate restoration commissions as an illustration of the kind of challenges the restoration team here at Ironart are tasked with.

The 1864 Lily of the Valley bench came in to us in  July 2014. It had already been blast cleaned and previously very poorly repaired. Martin and Cecilie took the old ‘bodged’ welds off and replaced with fresh welds and brackets where they were missing. They added bits of missing leaf work  which were carved from scratch out of cast plate. The bench was then reassembled (reusing the slats it had been sent with) and supplied to our client with a red oxide paint finish.

The second bench is a lovely Fern Coalbrookdale which came in to us in June. We took paint samples as it looked to us as if the original Coalbrookdale green paint was still in situ underneath the new layers. We had it cleaned  which revealed pinholes in the original casting (shown). The centre mount on the back of the bench was broken and there was a lug missing. All fixings had corroded so Martin had to drill and tap and make new bolts. There was a missing front slat mount, and another on the back. The bench was supplied painted and the client replaced the slats themselves.

If you have cast iron garden furniture that could do with some TLC and would like a quote to have it restored, please get in touch.

3 thoughts on “Coalbrookdale bench restoration

  1. Could you please tell me the paint specifics for the Green/white and Black finishes?

    I have bought a grapeand leaf design bench ( 78766 ) of Gumtree and and i am curious on the traditional colours that were used.

  2. Hi there
    I do believe that i have a coalbrookdale bench I am trying in vain to find the stamp could you if possible tell me where these are normally located Fern and blackberry is the design .
    i have tried to strip the paint a tedious task to say the least with run of the mill paint stripper the affect it had was almost zero !
    can it be shot blasted ?
    Regards Troystan

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