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Jan 1 1943 date estimated
To: T.B. McQuesten



Design- K.M. Broman
Workmanship-Fred Flatman1

Each Gate:
For C Scrolls - 4 old spikes 1/2" by 1/2" by 14"

Fire Welded
That is - 72 spikes in 18 scrolls

Maple Leaves:-Each leaf forged from 1 3/4 by 1/4 scrap and fire welded to 1/2 by 1/4 inches forged from old 1/2 by 1/2" spikes.

Inner Frame:- Fabricated from Old Park Restaurant Railings and Tomb Rails from Drummond Hill Cemetary.

Outer Frame:- 1 1/2 by 1 1/2"- hanging bar. 2 Fire Welded culled ends.

Meeting Style:- 3 Fire Welded culled ends of I I/8 [sic] by 1 1/8 inches.

Top and Bottom Horizontals:- Fabricated from 2 by 1 inch culled ends fire welded.

Bands:- 9 1 by 1/4 inches forged from old Victoria Park Railing 60 Diverse, forged from 21 1/2 by 1/2 inch. Old spikes.

Hinges: Forged from 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 culled ends.

Handles:- Forged 3/4 inch diameter culled end.

Letters:- Forged from scrap ends of 1 inch by 1/2 inch and 1 1/4 x 1/2 inch.

Figures:- From the 8 and 9 - forged from an old piece of Wagon Tire.

Rings:- Fabricated from old tomb railings 3/4" x 3/4" forged from 5/8" x 5/8

Latch Attachment:- Forged from scrap

Other Fittings:- Forged from scrap

Total 1/2 by 1/2 inch old spikes in each gate 83.

Total 1/2 by 1/2 inch spikes in completed job 166.


Fred Flatman communicated with Thomas McQuesten regarding construction projects. See also W-MCP7-1.017.

We might add here a note about the lifesize iron flowers that grace the top of the Whitehern garden wall at the back of the garden: holly-hocks, sunflower, and?
They were made by Fred Flatman, the same iron-worker craftsman who made the Hendrie Gates at the RBG and the Navy Hall Gates at Niagara.

Box 14-126 states: "The wrought iron flowers set into the stone wall continued to decorate the gardens all year round. Fred Flatman, a local craftsman, had continued the garden's ornamental theme when he fashioned these unique objects of folk art without the use of a mould; instead he worked the metal with anvil and hammer, creating each leaf in a unique and totally distinct way."
See also: Box 14-110; W-MCP7-1.111; W-MCP7-1.017; W-MCP7-1.145.

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