Description: Rectangular; twisted rope edging (top and sides); irregular arrangement of two rectangular pastry stamps, each with a fleur de lys within fern leaves, and one with three additional fern leaves below; the smaller stamps form the four corners, with the larger stamp, three times, in a triangular pattern between.
Notes: Various excrescences on the plate were probably the result of careless pouring of the metal during casting.
Current location: in private hands, Sutton, Surrey, England.
Description: Canted rectangle; twisted rope edging (top and sides); stamp of three ostrich feathers within a coronet, between the two parts of the date, with lion and unicorn supporters outside date.
Notes: The ostrich feathers are the badge of the Prince of Wales. There is no known significance of the year 1629 with that title, the birth of the prince (later Charles II) being in the following year. The date was probably added to a recasting of the plate. The lack of detail in the modelling indicates this has been recast several times.
Copies of this fireback are known.
Inscription: 16 29
Current location: in private hands, Chailey, East Sussex, England.
Description: Canted rectangular shape; twisted rope edging in short lengths (top and sides); shield stamp with rebated edges repeated five times (two and three).
Notes: The arms are those of Courthope of Whiligh in Ticehurst; blazon: argent, a fess azure between three estoiles sable (two and one). Shown are molets of six points which have straight rays instead of (properly) estoiles which have wavy ones. However, the 1643/4 iron graveslab of David Barham of Snape, in Wadhurst church, has the same arms (also with molets instead of estoiles), which were those of his mother who was a Courthope.
Arms: Courthope, of Whiligh in Ticehurst
Current location: Fulham, London, England.
Description: Arched rectangular shaped with narrow shoulders; fillet edging; date in individual numerals across arch.
Notes: A larger version is different in the spacing of the numerals and the proportions of the plate.
Current location: Lytes Cary Manor, Charleton Mackrell, Somerset, England.
Museum number: NT/LYT/M/40 (part of the National Trust museum group)
Description: Rectangular; twisted rope edging (top and sides); along upper half of plate, date split with initials in between.
Notes: The initials are likely of William Yalden (or Yaldwyn), an ironmaster who was active in north-west Sussex and south-west Surrey where this and other similar firebacks have been noted.
Inscription: 16 WY 68
Current location: Ramster, Chiddingfold, Surrey, England.
Description: Rectangular; twisted rope edging (top and sides); approximately symmetrical repeated arrangement of stamps formed of Gothic tracery cresting (5 - 3 & 2), fleurs de lys (11), butter mould stamps (3), crowned butter mould stamps (3), and rope patterns, with rope pieces in zig-zag on left side, and individually across middle.
Notes: Many of the stamps employed on this fireback are seen, with other stamps, on a wide variety of firebacks, suggesting a common source; similar gothic tracery cresting can be seen as pierced cresting on a rare late-Medieval, wooden Easter sepulchre at the redundant church of St Michael at Cowthorpe, North Yorkshire. A similar fireback is at Anne of Cleves House, Lewes. Correspondence with stamps used on side panels cast with other examples point to this fireback being possibly cast at Pounsley Furnace, Sussex. Christie's auction, 24 May 2001.
Current location:, Oxfordshire, England.
Description: Rectangular; twisted rope edging (top and sides); top centre, crowned Tudor royal shield (over-pressed) between a leopard passant guardant sinister (on the left) and a leopard passant (on the right); below, crowned shield bearing initials, KH, above a fleur-de-lys, between two crowned roses; below each leopard, a pair of ‘imp’ figures, the left of each with both arms lowered, the right its right arm raised; right top corner, a crowned rose; left top corner, and uncrowned rose.
Notes: One of the ‘Royal’ series. Christie's Interiors - Oak Edition, South Kensington (Sale 5369), 4 November 2008, lot 257.
Arms: Tudor Royal (prob. Henry VIII)
- Attached to series:
- Royal series
Description: Canted rectangular shape; twisted rope edging (top and sides); initial in each top corner, the S angled to the right.
Notes: Initial letters are in high relief.
Inscription: W S
Current location: Bingham Hall, King Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England.
- Attached to series:
- Initials only firebacks
Description: Canted rectangular shape; twisted rope edging (top and sides); date top centre; initials in triad in each corner.
Notes: Damage to bottom right corner.
Inscription: VHE [triad] 1685 VHE [triad]
- Attached to series:
- Date & initials firebacks
Description: Rectangular; twisted rope edging on top and sides; fillet-edged rectangle top centre, enclosing date between initials; 14 shields of Ayloffe impaling Sulyard arranged 5-4-5; Ayloffe: sable, a lion rampant Or, collared gules, between three crosses formy of the second; Sulyard: argent, a chevron gules between three pheons inverted sable.
Notes: William Ayloffe (c1535-1584) of Hornchurch, Essex, Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench, married (c1560) Jane, dau. of Sir Eustace Sulyard, of Runwell, Essex. A large number of variants use the same shields; this example, unusually, has the initials RS instead of the more common CT. Illustration from article in Archaeologia Cantiana.
Inscription: R 1627 S
Arms: Ayloffe impaling Sulyard (William Ayloffe of Hornchurch)