Description: Composite; arched rectangular shaped, armorial fireback, cavetto edging, with Stuart Royal arms, garter, supporters, crown and motto, and 1662 date above crown; this overlies a rectangular plate with fillet edging; top centre in the space each side of the central shield, an initial letter - A to left, B to right - each above a fleur-de-lys, its stem terminating in a small buckle.
Notes: Several firebacks have incorporated the same Stuart royal shield, which probably originally dated to 1619, but with the date altered. A similar fireback, but without the initials and fleurs-de-lys, dated 1661, and reputed to have come from the Totsey, the old guildhall at the market cross in Gloucester, is illustrated in Ames, 1980, 23; possibly the same fireback was reported by the late David Bick to be at The Grange, Minsterworth, Gloucestershire (demolished in the late 1960s).
Inscription: 16 62 / [Garter motto (illeg.)] / A B
Arms: English Stuart royal
- Decoration tags:
- arched rectangular (shape)
- fillet (edging)
- carved stamps
- carved pattern panels
- individual letters
Manufactured: in 1662 possibly in the Forest of Dean area of England.
Current location: in private hands, Norton, Wiltshire, England.
Citation: Ames, A., 1980, Collecting Cast Iron (Ashbourne, Moorland Publishing).
Citation: Badeni, J., 22 Sep 1983, 'Whose Fireback?' [letter], Country Life, 174, 4492, p. 772.