Category Archives: Sun Foundry

Newton Stewart Fountain

Location: Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, Wigtownshire, Scotland

This ‘lost’ fountain once stood at Dashwood Square in front of McMillan Hall which housed the municipal offices, old Town Hall. It was featured in the town seal used in the 1980s.

The combination cast iron lamppost and fountain remained in situ until the advent of the motor vehicle rendered it obsolete. It was removed to improve the flow of traffic in the late 1940s.

The fountain seated on a circular plinth was a design by George Smith manufactured at the Sun Foundry in Glasgow. The round base supported a large drinking basin for horses and offered a trough for small animals at ground level. A multi-tiered central column which extended into a lamp pillar was flanked by two putti holding upturned urns from which water poured. The figurines advertised as Boy with Paddle and Urn stood on a short pedestal that contained a button to release a flow of water from the urns.

When it was scrapped post-war, the two ‘boys with paddles’ were rescued by the mother of the curator of the local museum and found a home in the Public Gardens.

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Images below kindly submitted by John P. Bolton, The Scottish Ironwork Foundation.

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Glossary:

  • Pedestal, an architectural support for a column or statue
  • Plinth, flat base usually projecting, upon which a pedestal, wall or column rests.
  • Putto (plural Putti), a figure in a work of art depicted as a chubby male child, usually nude.

Island Cow Tailed Pumps

Location: St. Peter Port, Guernsey

This octagonal shaped ornamental cow-tailed pump at the junction of La Rue du Pre and Park St. in St. Peter Port is design #8 from the catalogue of George Smith & Co. An inscription on the base identifies the Sun Foundry as the manufacturer; George Smith & Co / Sun Foundry / Glasgow.

A small trough set into the base of the structure was for the use of dogs. The single pillar with attic base hosts inset arched panels for dedication. Entablature with bolt consoles sits beneath an ogee cupola with alternate panels of fleur de lys motif. The pump handle and six sided glass pane lantern are missing; however, yoke maintenance arms that originally supported the lamp-lighter’s ladder are still in evidence. The lantern was capped with a ball and spike finial.

As part of improvements to the town of St. Peter Port in February 1876, a triangular space named Trinity Square was created with trees, iron seats, and a double-sided pump also believed to be manufactured by the Sun Foundry.

A hexagonal pedestal with attic base and inset arch panels contains a tap with bucket hook, a cow tail handle, and a lion head mascaron from which water spouted. Above the lion spout is an inscribed plaque; St. Peter Port / 1876 / J.A. Carey / F.H. Shortt / Constables. (Constables in the islands of Jersey and Guernsey are elected heads of the Parishes who enforce the decisions of the Parish.) Cursive scroll consoles support yoke maintenance arms which assisted the lamplighter to reach a gas lantern no longer in evidence.

Glossary

  • Attic base, a column base with two rings
  • Console, a decorative bracket support element
  • Cupola, a small, domed structure on top of a roof.
  • Entablature, moldings and bands which lie horizontally above columns
  • Finial, a sculptured ornament fixed to the top of a peak, arch, gable or similar structure
  • Mascaron, a decorative element in the form of a sculpted face or head of a human being or an animal
  • Ogee, curve with a concave
  • Pedestal, an architectural support for a column or statue
  • Yoke maintenance arms, the bars near the top of a street light which supported the lamplighter’s ladder

 


Two Very Different Fountains

Location: Campbelltown, Argyll & Bute, Scotland

A combination drinking fountain/lamp which is located in Kinloch Green (public park), was at one time accompanied by a small pillar style drinking fountain nearby, visible in the bottom right corner of the first image.

Manufactured at the Sun Foundry in Glasgow, design #27 was described in the catalogue of George Smith & Co. as a drinking fountain and lamp combined. This octagonal shaped drinking fountain was a single pedestal with attic base that hosted a small trough at ground level for the use of dogs. Inset arched panels offered space for dedications. Two demi-lune basins were offered with drinking cups suspended by chains. Entablature with bolt consoles sat beneath an ogee cupola with panels of fleur de lys motif. The finial was a six sided glass pane lantern.

A much smaller drinking fountain was situated in front of the Cross outside the town hall on Main Street. The outcome of the fountain is unknown; however, it was most likely eliminated at the same time as the Cross was removed for safety during WWII. The cross was reinstalled after the war in its current position at the junction of Hall Street and Old Quay Street.

This decorative pillar style fountain, design #8 in the catalogue of Geo. Smith & Co., was manufactured by the Sun Foundry. It had a circular base with a trough for dogs, a short bulbous pedestal with acanthus bas-relief and lion mascarons on four sides. Water which spouted from a lion mascaron into a demi-lune basin designed for human use was retrieved using a metal cup suspended on a chain. Overflow water in the basin was directed to the trough at street level. The structure was capped with a finial.

 Glossary:

  • Acanthus, one of the most common plant forms (deeply cut leaves) to make foliage ornament and decoration
  • Attic base, a column base with two rings
  • Bas-relief, sculpted material that has been raised from the background to create a slight projection from the surface
  • Console, a decorative bracket support element
  • Cupola, a small, domed structure on top of a roof.
  • Demi-lune, half moon or crescent shape
  • Entablature, moldings and bands which lie horizontally above columns
  • Finial, a sculptured ornament fixed to the top of a peak, arch, gable or similar structure
  • Mascaron, a decorative element in the form of a sculpted face or head of a human being or an animal
  • Ogee, curve with a concave
  • Pedestal, an architectural support for a column or statue

 


Jubilee Lamp Fountain

Location: Ringwood, Hampshire, England

A cast iron drinking fountain situated in Market Place was constructed in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.

It was refurbished in 1977, recorded as a Grade II historic building on 12 March 1987 and restored and repainted by JW Lighting Specialists (UK) Limited in 2013.

The design was registered by George Smith & Co. and manufactured by the Sun Foundry. It is seated on a two tiered octagonal plinth. A compass cross base with canted corners supports a central pedestal and four columns decorated with diamond frieze and nail head molding.

The font (design #13) is a large basin with dog tooth relief on the rim, partitioned by four foliate consoles from which cups were suspended on chains. Shell motif spouts on each side released water flow.

The highly decorated lamp pillar #13a is further enhanced with a crown and dedication plaque; Erected / By Public / Subscription / To / Commemorate / The Jubilee / Of The Reign Of / Her Majesty / Queen Victoria / 1887. Four consoles support additional lanterns lit by gas; the pillar is terminated with a central lantern.

Glossary:

  • Canted corner, an angled surface which cuts of a corner
  • Compass cross, a cross of equal vertical and horizontal lengths, concentric with and overlaying a circle.
  • Console, a decorative bracket support element
  • Dog tooth relief, pyramid shaped carving
  • Foliate, decorated with leaves or leaf like motif
  • Frieze, the horizontal part of a classical moulding just below the cornice, often decorated with carvings
  • Nail head molding, a series of low four-sided pyramids
  • Pedestal, an architectural support for a column or statue
  • Plinth, flat base usually projecting, upon which a pedestal, wall or column rests.