Description: Arched rectangular shape; rope edging (top and sides); Tudor royal shield, garter, crown and supporters (crowned lion and dragon); date above crown; empty motto compartment with initials below.
Notes: Identical arms can be seen on fireback formerly at Baynards Park, Cranleigh, and in private hands at Maresfield, but without the motto compartment; minor variations in the position of individual elements indicate that the garter and shield, crown, and each supporter were separately stamped; the initials are likely to be those of Henry Bowyer, ironmaster (d.1588), the fireback perhaps being made in his memory.
Inscription: 1588 HB
Arms: Tudor royal (Elizabeth I)
- Decoration tags:
- arched rectangular (shape)
- rope (edging)
- carved stamps
- individual letters
- individual numbers
Manufactured: in 1588 possibly at Pounsley Furnace, Framfield in the Weald area of England.
Current location: in private hands, Cuckfield, West Sussex, England.
Citation: Hodgkinson, J. S., 2010, British Cast-Iron Firebacks of the 16th to Mid-18th Centuries (Crawley, Hodgers Books).