KC Antiques Ltd. is a small family firm restoring and renovating Coalbrookdale garden furniture
We are based in Shropshire.
Coalbrookdale developed a range of Cast Iron garden furniture in the 19th century.
Most of the Coalbrookdale designs were based on natural foliage for example Fern and Blackberry, Lily of the Valley, Horse Chestnut, Nasturtium and Passion Flower.
The designs were practical, often ornamental and were very popular. Leading sculptors were commissioned to produce unique designs and the company had a reputation for excellence in Victorian times.
In 1851 Coalbrookdale exhibited a selection of its castings at the Great Exhibition and in 1875 the foundry published an illustrated catalogue.
There was a system for registering patent designs in the mid 19th century known as 'Kite Marks'. Each one was a diamond shape , see example below of a Coalbrookdale marking. These marks identify the date of registration as well as the maker or retailer
The Coalbrookdale Iron Foundry was established in 1709 by Abraham Darby and is considered to be the birthplace of modern industry.