A Seat for All Time by Furst & Bradley by TonyCrehan

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The seat of the sundial in the park opposite The Grange at Campbell Town, Tasmania.

The sundial was designed and built by Anthony Sprent in 2004 to commemorate the transit of the planet Venus across the face of the Sun, first observed here by scientists from the United States Naval Observatory in 1874.

The sundial is made from old agricultural machinery parts from rural properties around Campbell Town.

The cast iron seat is from an antique agricultural implement, manufactured by Furst & Bradley of Chicago USA and I am guessing the 82 means it was made in 1882. These seats are much sought after by collectors.

David Bradley was a “Pioneer Plowman.” After being a farmer, brick maker and lumberman, he purchased a plow company in Chicago and partnered with Conrad Furst to form Furst and Bradley.

In 1884 he and his sons bought out Furst and renamed the company the David Bradley Manufacturing Co. and later Bradley, Illinois.

After his death in 1899 the family sold the company to Sears, Roebuck & Co. and it was renamed David Bradley Manufacturing Works. Sears operated the factory until they sold it in 1962.

Taken with iPhone 4G.


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  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 3 years ago

    Nice capture.

  • Thanks Michael.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisover 3 years ago

    Fabulous find Tony! I have a pic in the archives of one of these old seats, I must dig it out one day! :o)

  • Thanks Marilyn. I had to go back and capture this one again because the first shot included my foot underneath it! Tony

    – TonyCrehan

  • ╰⊰✿ℒᵒᶹᵉ Bonita✿⊱╮ Lalonde✿⊱╮

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    (¸.·´ (¸.·´ .·´ ¸¸.·¨¯`·.♥♥ What a neat capture i love these older seats Nice close up clarity and detail wonderful Nicely done and presented gotta luv it and i do..

  • So glad that you love it Bonita and thanks for the fave and lovely comment. tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

    HELUAover 3 years ago

    Love this design!! Nice shot too!

  • Thank you for the fave and generous comment Helua. Tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

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