Description: Rectangle with curved shoulders and low arch joined with concave curves; fillet and ogee moulded edging; central Tudor royal shield surrounded by garter, with crown above and lion and dragon supporters; royal initials either side of crown.
Notes: Damaged on bottom left corner; the garter motto includes ‘EQVI’ instead of ‘HONI’, making it meaningless; possibly ‘EQVI’ was a mis-transcription of ‘HONI’; the crown is distinctly continental in form; a much-copied fireback. Previously at Hoarthorns Farm, West Dean, Gloucestershire, where another fireback of the same design was recovered from a pond and is now at the Forestry Commission camp site at Christchurch, near Coleford.
Copies of this fireback are known.
Inscription: E R / EQVI : SOIT : QVI : MAL : Y : PENSE
Arms: Tudor royal - Edward VI or Elizabeth I
- Decoration tags:
- quasi-arched rectangular (shape)
- fillet and ogee (edging)
- whole carved pattern
Manufactured: in the mid to late 16th century in England.
Current location: Gloucester Folk Museum, Westgate street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England.
Museum number: GLRCM:F03526 (part of the Gloucester Museums museum group)
Citation: Hodgkinson, J. S., 2010, British Cast-Iron Firebacks of the 16th to Mid-18th Centuries (Crawley, Hodgers Books).