Drinking Fountains were not manufactured in a single block. They were made using several castings which allowed them to be shipped great distances. This manufacturing strategy also permitted customization of drinking fountain designs.
Although catalogs offered designs with standard decorative ironwork, customers were encouraged to select terminals, finials and plaques to suit.
Example: the standard design of Saracen drinking fountain #20 was offered with an eagle terminal; when the eagle was replaced with a clock the design was renamed as #271.
Each major bespoke (adapted, modified, personalized) design was given a new number. Some designs were unique e.g. design #20 canopy with a large crown terminal was designed specifically to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, and as such it did not appear in any catalog.