Description: Arched rectangular shape; fillet edging to a rounded frame with sections of acanthus leaves at the corners and at the top of the arch, and blank campartments in between; astragal and fillet inside edging; arched rectangular inscription scroll suspended with faux ribbon from the top of the arch; below, a coronet over a large baroque cartouche containg two oval shields: Massenbach - azure two bars or, d'Helmstadt - argent a crow sable; on either side, lion rampant reguardant supporters; four vertical planklines.
Notes: A finely executed carving. Nicolas de Massenbach (1659-1722) and Francoise d'Helmstadt (d.1729) were married at Ourches-sur-Meuse, in Lorraine, in 1695.
Inscription: NDM 1710 FDH
Arms: Nicolas de Massenbach and Francoise d'Helmstadt
Current location:, France.
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Description: Rectangular; twisted rope edging (top and sides); stamp formed of a bordered strip with an undulating vine with grapes and leaves, repeated six times in three horizontal rows of two; below, a short piece of the same strip positioned vertically and repeated twelve times.
Notes: The vine strip features on many firebacks indicating a common source. Illustration from Lloyd, 1925.
Description: Canted rectangle; double fillet edging (top and sides); top centre, date; initials in triad, repeated on each side, with a fleur-de-lys between; three fleurs-de-lys evenly spaced below initial groups.
Notes: The initials are likely to be those of a husband (E) and wife (I/J) whose surname begins R.
Inscription: 1688 / ERI ERI [both triads]
Current location: Castle Square, Ludlow, Shropshire, England.
(part of the Ludlow Museum museum group)