Description: Arched shape; patterned astragal edging; central shield with helm, crest and mantling above, and motto scroll below; initials either side of crest; date split by shield.
Notes: The arms are those of Chamberlayne: gules, an inescutcheon within an orle of mullets argent; the crest: out of a ducal coronet the head of an ass (the tinctures vary according to the branch of the family); the initials are reputed to be those of Thomas Chamberlayne; the date appears to have been hand inscribed. The style of the carving is the same as on two other firebacks in the same county.
Inscription: T C / 16 18 / [motto unreadable]
Current location: Hellens Manor, Much Marcle, Herefordshire, England.
Description: Arched rectangular shape; twisted rope edging (top and sides); date in arch; initials in triads in top corners.
Notes: A fireback at Cotehele House in Cornwall, dated 1647 and bearing the initials AA, which may have come from Longden Hall, south-west of Shrewsbury in Shropshire, and was purchased by the National Trust from Longden Parish Council in the early 1970s, is similar in both its shape and style
Inscription: 1655 / RWA [triad] / RWA [triad]
Current location: The Freeth, Thornbury, Herefordshire, England.
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- Date & initials firebacks