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Macfarlane's Works
Outside Glasgow
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Manufacturer: Walter Macfarlane & Co (fl. 1850-1965)
Location: Various
Date erected: 1850-1965



Converted horse trough and lamp
Mowbray, Cape Town, South Africa

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This drinking fountain was presented to Mowbray in 1899 by the S.P.C.A.
An almost identical horse trough, known as the "Rondebosch Fountain" can be found in Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa

These photographs are reproduced by kind permission of Stephen Nicholenas, who runs the web site GetWebCentre

Telephone Booth
California, USA


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This 20th Century Macfarlane phone box was recently put up for sale by its owner in California. A variant of the famous Giles Gilbert Scott designed K6 pattern of 1935, it is not known exactly how this rare British telephone booth found its way to California.

Macfarlane Lamp Standards
Central Library, Aberdeen


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These lamp standards were cast in 1889, from patterns identical to the lamps at Glasgow's Mitchell Theatre (formerly St Andrew's Halls) and the column of the now lost Little Folks Fountain, in Glasgow's Seamore Street.

Macfarlane Ventilator Shafts (?)
Aberdeen


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There are two of these objects and they are in the form of lamp-posts with an elegant moulded pedestal supporting a plain, slender column with a crown finial. Their pedestals are decorated with an intertwined geometric pattern on its sides and a cluster of Acanthus leaves and olive branches around the base of the column. The decorative details confirm their style as Classical Greek. The date and exact purpose of these objects is not known. It is probable, however, that they were erected as ventilator shafts for an adjacent workshop or store.

Macfarlane Bandstand
Magdalene Park, Dundee

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A typical Macfarlane bandstand dating from 1889. Identical bandstands were erected all over the United Kingdom and the British Empire, and this is a rare survivor of the requisitioning of cast iron structures "for the war effort" in the 1940s. The pattern of the scroll- work apron between the columns was used for railings and ballustrades on many buildings in Scotland. A miniature copy of the bandstand is in another Dundee Park, opposite 1-3 Park Road.

Macfarlane Grave Enclosure
Eastern Cemetery, Dundee


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Among the many products offered by Macfarlane's were grave enclosures such as this example in Dundee's Eastern Cemetery. The enclosure is triangular in shape, with a gate for access to the grave. It is stamped with Macfarlane's trade mark lozenge.

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