Cast iron from Paris waterworks?By

Cast iron from Paris waterworks?

Call it "nostalgia" or "antique" and apparently people will buy any new product. We thought it was strange when we found reproduction cast iron valve covers from early 20th century American waterworks being made into small tables. But now you can buy a similar reproduction copied from the Paris waterworks.

This, and the other new covers, feature names of famous cities and landmarks–Paris and the Eiffel Tower, San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, etc. The cast tops are all 12 inches in diameter; the tables are 22 inches tall. Prices for the complete tables were $150-$190 retail.

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Fig. 2 New 12-inch diameter valve cover, with Eiffel Tower and "Paris." Assembled as a 22-inch table.