Standing at almost seven feet tall and over 12 feet wide, this wrought iron gate transom is quite impressive. A transom is a horizontal architectural element, in this case, one that would have gone above a gate opening. The iron, which has been painted green, is from France, circa 1800.
Constructed using iron rivets, the transom features an intricate crown with C- and S-scrolls, open roundels, and geometrically shaped prickets. The transom is roughly symmetrical, except for a stylized “R” at the bottom of the crown. Just above the R is a pair of crossed keys, either representing the keys to heaven, symbolic of St. Peter, or the city of Poitiers, France. The sides are symmetric with highly shaped scrolls and oval bends.
Our wrought iron gate transom can be used as originally intended, making a grand statement above a gate. The scrolled sides could also be removed, leaving the crown to serve as a magnificent headboard for a king size bed.
If the transom is to be used as a surrounding frame, the legs taper inwards slightly. The widest point is 94 inches, measured at the top of the opening (just beneath the arched horizontal iron). The middle of the opening is roughly 92 inches, while the bottom is 90 1/2 inches.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor buildup, and losses to green paint, resulting in oxidation. Sides were re-welded to add stability.