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19th Century Miniature Cast Iron Fireplace with Brass Fire Bars & Trivet

Code: MF5 Brand: Not Branded

Early 19th Century miniature cast iron fireplace with polished brass fire bars and trivet.

Miniature fireplaces such as this are often wrongly referred to as salesmens samples, my opinion is that they are simply fireside decoration for the home, maybe having some significance in much the same way as some Victorian fairings. Although the centre section of this somewhat resembles a real hob grate fireplace of the late Georgian period, the surround shows four rather crudely cast figures (possibly representing the four seasons or, Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden) surmounted by a coat of arms, again possibly William IV. Certainly nothing any manufacturer of the real thing would produce, or be proud of. The grate bars are removable and of polished brass (rarely seen in the full size version), as is the rather nice hook on pan trivet. Also it stands on a plinth having five Lions paw feet for obvious display use.

 This example despite being complete, has a lovely old iron strap repair to a break ( part of it's history and charming in it's own way).

 Width over plinth feet  13.1/2" (345mm). over figures 10" (255mm). Height 12" (300mm). Depth over feet 4.1/4" (110mm). Weight 4 Kilo's.

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