Description: Canted rectangular shape; possible twisted rope edging; top centre, date; initials, SP, repeated in top corners; a fleur-de-lys below each pair of initials and the date; between the initials and the date, a flower head, with two more flower heads arranged vertically on each side below the initials.
Notes: The style of the fleurs-de-lys, and the distictive form of the number '8', indicate that this fireback is one of a small series. Bishop & Miller auction, Stowmarket, Suffolk, 25 May 2022, lot 292.
Inscription: SP 1689 SP
Current location: Bishop & Miller Auctioneers, 19 Charles Industrial Estate, Stowmarket, Suffolk, England.
Description: Canted rectangle; twisted rope edging (top and canting only); centre top, date (written as 1018); below to left and right, initials.
Notes: It has been suggested that the initials IR relate to King James I but the lack of any other royal decoration makes this unlikely.
Inscription: 1618 / IR IR
Current location: 50, Church Street, Broseley, Shropshire, England.
- Attached to series:
- Date & initials firebacks
Description: Rectangular shape with twisted rope edging (top and sides); date split between top corners.
Notes: The central button on the number 1 is consistent with a date in the first half of the seventeenth century.
Inscription: 16 37
Current location: in private hands, Wigmore, Herefordshire, England.
- Attached to series:
- Date only firebacks
Description: Canted rectangle; double fillet edging (top and sides); top centre, date between two flower heads; initials in triad, repeated on each side, with two fleurs-de-lys between; flower head below each initial group; small stamp of the figure of a stag below the date.
Notes: The initials are likely to be those of a husband (P) and wife (M) whose surname begins N. Illustration from Lenygon, p. 245.
Inscription: 1689 / PNM PNM [both triads]
Description: Canted rectangle; double fillet edging (top and sides); top centre, date; initials in triad, repeated on each side, with a fleur-de-lys between; three fleurs-de-lys evenly spaced below initial groups.
Notes: The initials are likely to be those of a husband (E) and wife (I/J) whose surname begins R.
Inscription: 1688 / ERI ERI [both triads]
Current location: Castle Square, Ludlow, Shropshire, England.
(part of the Ludlow Museum museum group)