Aquarium Tanks

J.W.Fiske Style Pedestal Aquarium: Cast Iron, Fountain Spout, Spiral Finials

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  • Shape:
    Rectangle Aquarium; Pedestal Base
  • Model:
    Unknown but probably America
  • Stand Material:
    Cast iron
  • Tank Material:
    Glass and cast iron
  • Type:
    Fish Tank with Stand
  • Brand:
    Unknown; J.W.Fiske Style

This item was used as an aquarium or terrarium in the late 1800s. Spiral finials on each tank corner, well detailed iron molding at the tank bottom and a repeating fleur-de lis design around the frame top and bottom, indicate exceptional craftsmanship. The J.W. Fiske Ironworks Co. in New York was probably the manufacturer. I have not been able to find a maker's mark .  The fountain spout in the tank center and pedestal stand are indicative of this being a desirable model.The paint may be original but if not certainly an old finish. With the traces of light rust, the patina is great.  The (unbroken/noncracked) glass panels may be original on three sides with the fourth panel maybe questionable ( not quite as many surface scratches and does not come quite to the top as the others). There are no known breaks or other damage to the tank or pedestal. I have never had water in it so I do  not know if the sealant/glass is waterproof.

Dimensions: Approx: tank : 25"L x 13 1/2"w x  13"h plus 4" finials
                                     Stand base: 15" between each leg  
                                     Overall H: 46 1/2"  from floor to top of spout      

Local pickup by the buyer may be arranged. I am located in Monroeville, Al 36460: approximately 90 miles south of Montgomery and 85 miles north of Mobile and Pensacola. Shipping costs and arrangements are the responsibility of the buyer.

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