Lawn Size Cast Iron RoosterBy Mark Chervenka
Lawn Size Cast Iron Rooster
A large cast iron rooster made in the style of 19th century lawn and garden ornaments is on the market. The piece is 25″ high by 12″ wide. It comes from the factory with a "distressed" and rusted finish that simulates age.
Although we could not locate this exact figure in original catalogs, it is generally similar to cast iron roosters, dogs, deer, lions and other animals by American firms such as J.W. Fiske, W.T. Westervelt, Janes, Kirtland & Co., as well as firms in England and Europe.
Interest in garden ornaments increased rapidly due in large part to national exposure in Martha Stewart's magazine and television show. Vintage cast iron animal garden figures in this size can easily bring $1,000-$5,000 depending on subject, maker and condition. The new rooster retails for $165.