Description: Arched shape; cavetto moulded edge; double-headed eagle displayed, a Holy Roman Imperial crown above; in front, a quartered shield; a flaming pillar on each side, a motto scroll entwining each.
Notes: The shield bears the arms of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (reigned 1519-1556), king of Spain and nephew of Katherine of Aragon, Queen of England; the pillars are a symbolic representation of the Pillars of Hercules at the Strait of Gibraltar. Some variants of this fireback do not include a date.
Copies of this fireback are known.
Inscription: PLVS OVLTRE [Further Beyond]
Arms: Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
Current location: Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England.
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- Foreign armorial firebacks