Description: Fragment; canted rectangular shape; twisted rope edging (top and sides); top right (i.e. probably top centre), unidentified (apparently inverted) ornamental capital letter 'T'; top left, a triple-loop fleur stamp; between, rose and crown.
Notes: Probably slightly more than half of the original fireback, with stamps also seen on another, commonly copied, fireback. It might reasonably be supposed that the missing half may have also included an ornamental letter, companion to the surviving example. Formerly at Bentley, Halland, Sussex.
Current location: in private hands, Crowborough, East Sussex, England.
- Attached to series:
- Looped fleur series
Description: Arched rectangular shaped, the arch linked to the rectangle by cavetto curves; cavetto edging ending in two opposed spirals at top; initials below spirals; date below initials; otherwise plain.
Notes: Probably cast from a carved, edged board, with the initials and date added separately.
Inscription: I or F H / 1698
Current location: Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst, Kent, England.
Museum number: NT/SCO/oc/M/202 (part of the National Trust museum group)
Description: Canted rectangle; twisted rope edging; irregularly spaced, 5 x 5 rope grid; damage to top right corner.
Notes: A 5 x 3 variant is also known.
Current location: Anne of Cleves House, Southover High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, England.
Museum number: 1944.24.046 (part of the Sussex Archaeological Society museum group)
- Attached to series:
- Rope design firebacks
Description: Quasi-rectangular; grooved dowel edging (top and sides); four impressions of a rondel dagger (c.330mm) saltirewise between two dowel crosses; two vertical lengths of dowel in line along right edge.
Notes: Rondel daggers were common in the 15th and 16th century. Grooved lengths of dowel are to be seen on other firebacks suggesting a common source. The arrangement of the daggers (each approx. 35cm long) in a saltire may also have apotropaic significance.
Current location: in private hands, Plaxtol, Kent, England.
Description: Rectangular; ogee-moulded edging on top and side edges; symmetrical layout of date and initials; date split between left and right sides, initials in centre, arranged in triad.
Notes: One of a series of backs dating to the 1730s and 40s using very similar sets of letters and numerals.
Inscription: 17 I M I 34
Current location: in private hands, Titsey, Surrey, England.