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Mysterious Statues at Land's End - Part 2
July 08, 2013
In our last Archaeology Behind the Scenes blog post, we talked about the mysterious, vanishing statues at Adolph Sutro’s home and gardens at Land’s End: Where did the statues come from? Why did they disappear? Where are they now? In this post, we’ll explore another exciting archaeological discovery that brought more information to light about these intriguing statues…
A few weeks ago, while cataloging the collection of artifacts from Sutro Heights which contained our last discovery, we found another statuary fragment with a maker’s mark:
The artifact is hollow on the inside and smoothed on the exterior, and appears to be a statue pedestal base. Although not all of the mark is visible, based on the faint outline of the letters we thought that "Rosher" seemed like a good guess for a manufacturer name. Using the ever-trusty-in-historical-archaeology GoogleBooks, we ran a search for "Rosher", "garden", and "statue" in literature of the late 19th century to see what we could find. A number of garden and horticulture periodicals popped up, and we were almost immediately able to identify a possible maker for our artifact: F. Rosher and Co.
In time, we discovered that F. Rosher and Co. became perhaps most well recognized for their ornamental items, which they displayed in architectural and horticultural exhibitions across England:
"Messrs. F. Rosher and Co., of Upper Ground-street, are large exhibitors of vases, fountains, and statues, rustic seats and garden-tiles…"Although we were unable to find any information positively identifying our maker's mark "ROSHE…///CHE…" to this company, the time period, type of ornamental artifact made, and their prominence at trade shows gave credence to the idea that F. Rosher and Co. was indeed our manufacturer.
Recognize any familiar faces? (We've added the red circles for a hint.)
Each of the eleven red-circled figures from the catalog formally matches a statue at Sutro Heights, as evidenced through historic photographs.
 Source: http://books.google.com/books?id=hYEcAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA258&dq=%22f.+rosher%22&hl=en&ei=86okTvnyEJDGsAPr0PnqCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CE8Q6AEwCTgK#v=onepage&q=%22f.%20rosher%22&f=false )
 Source: http://books.google.com/books?id=NVYCAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA434&dq=%22f.+rosher%22&hl=en&ei=HK0kTtnvE4W6sQOLqYSECQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CCwQ6AEwATgU#v=onepage&q=%22f.%20rosher%22&f=false
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