Thursday, 26 June 2014

Focus on....Polished Cast Iron

The elegant Galleon cast iron bath is our interpretation of the classic French Empire bath. Dating from the 1800s, the Empire bath was one of the first cast iron baths to be produced in volume. Our classic roll-top design features graceful curves, allowing the bather to recline in ultimate comfort. For a sleeker silhouette, we have added a fine cast iron plinth in place of the traditional claw feet. This gives the Galleon a more contemporary look, whilst still maintaining period charm.

Our hand-polished finish takes two days of dedicated work by our highly skilled craftsmen. Following a traditional casting process, the surface of the cast iron is polished with progressively finer abrasives, which smooth the surface of the metal. Once polished, the cast iron is then buffed using finer and softer compounds to give a brilliant high-shine finish. To protect the polished finish, the surface is treated with three coats of yacht varnish to prevent oxidation.

The inner surface of all of our cast iron baths is coated with vitreous enamel. This glass-based substance is baked onto the cast iron at incredibly high temperature. The result is a beautiful and extremely durable surface – baths manufactured over 100 years ago are still in use today.