Aficionados of the Curiosity Bin may be as baffled by this tale as I am!
This vintage cast iron pipe was securely tucked away behind a vertical plaster and lath plumbing chase for at least 80 years (the last time walls were finished with wooden lath strips) if not longer.
Under no stress from standing water or other harsh environmental conditions it is possible to believe this fine
piece of 19th Century style technology would easily remain in service pretty much forever.
And yet,a few years back, a crack along the length of the pipe developed and broke through and there ensued a spectacular mess every time anyone flushed the upstairs toilet.
Why would such a thing happen in a protected undisturbed space? Who knows?
Suffice to say it took many hours of demolition, replacement and repair to restore the pipe and wall to
to prelapserian perfection.
A curiosity indeed!