fringes, also known as drip frets or barge frets are commonly used as
decorative features to the upper edges of structures, such as the roofs of
bandstands, shelters and other features.
Examples can be seen from throughout the heyday of Victorian and
Edwardian civic provision, in parks across the country.
Varying in style and design, this particular casting can be seen in a succession of 19th and early 20th Century catalogues in our archives, originally from the MacFarlane Company of Possilpark, Glasgow – one of the major producers of decorative cast iron.
The castings generally contain a number of the frets along the length of the piece, but these can be finished to the required size to fit a particular location.
The images show drip fret castings in our workshops, plus examples included in restoration projects to the Pavilion Building in Mesnes Park, Wigan and the bandstand in North Lodge Park, Darlington.
We can supply the castings as part of a restoration project carried out by Lost Art, or as raw castings for inclusion in your own work.
Referred to as ‘drip frets’ in the catalogue of the MacFarlane Company, Saracen Foundry, these were offered in different drop sizes, from 6”, through 9” to 12”.
Similarly, Lost Art Limited can either supply the fringe castings as individual items, or as part of a complete structure, such as the replica MacFarlane Bandstand shown below and to be seen in Ramsgate.
- Model: Drip Frets