Description: Arched rectangular shape with rounded corners; ovolo within fillet moulding all round; oval Tudor royal shield with garter surrounding, topped with a royal crown; dragon and greyhound supporters; initials split by crown; inscription on a fillet between legs of supporters, behind garter finial; motto on an Ionic plinth at bottom; two rectangular side panels, each with a bird stamp (probably a swan, a Lancastrian badge) above a vine strip stamp repeated three times vertically.
Notes: One of two known variants of the John Harvo fireback incorporating extension panels with vine strips and 'swans'; the positions of the swans vary slightly between the two variants.
Copies of this fireback are known.
Inscription: E R [+ Garter, Harvo and royal mottoes, all illegible]
Arms: Tudor royal - prob. Edward VI
- Decoration tags:
- extended quasi-arched rectangular (shape)
- rope (edging)
- simple stamps
- carved stamps
- whole carved pattern
- individual letters
- extension panels
Manufactured: in the mid 16th century possibly at Pounsley Furnace, Framfield in the Weald area of England.
Current location: Mark Ripley Forge & Fireplaces, Northbridge Street, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, England.
Citation: Hodgkinson, J. S., 2010, British Cast-Iron Firebacks of the 16th to Mid-18th Centuries (Crawley, Hodgers Books).