• Lioness roundel

    Think I figured out who made the lioness roundel, very likely American Terra Cotta co in Chicago, whose territory certainly would have included St Louis Mo.

    I found in my book on the co history, a page from their old newsletter which is about 1914 showing a sampling of roundels for a livestock judging pavillion built for the University of illinois.

    These have similar borders, and the quality of modelling with detail is strikingly similar, not that other TC co’s couldn’t do this, but the location and history make this co a likely one.

    If so, then it’s also likely a well known Kristian Schneider was the modeller.

  • Concrete

    Below is a photo of a concrete cast of lion 3886, unstained. This is 1 of 7 for a client who required embedded bolts on these to attach them to the wall on the exterior of his house over the windows.

    This is just an example of some of the custom applications I am called upon to provide solutions for on retro- installations. As the client has access to the inside walls, his contractor will be able to drill 2 holes through the wood wall, spread on some thinset mortar or equiv., insert the rods through the wall and tighten the nuts up.

    Outside he plans to stucco around the keystones and the wall.