Description: Fragment; arched rectangular fireback with embattled, cavetto-moulded edging; English Stuart royal shield, Garter, crown and supporters, stemmed rose and stemmed thistle, respectively, to left and right of crown; initials CR above crown; all within a plain border, with short lengths of twisted rope edging containing, at the top, the initial M between a split date; initials (only S surviving) below date.
Notes: A Carolean composite fireback. The armorial fireback includes stylistic elements - the form of the unicorn and of the harp - identical to those on two series of firebacks dated 1618 and 1619, indicating the work of the same pattern-maker; its width is 490mm.
Inscription: M / 1634 / [?] S / C R
Arms: English Stuart royal (Charles I)
Current location: Black and White House Museum, The Old House, High Town, Hereford, Herefordshire, England.
Description: Arched rectangular shape; twisted rope edging (top and sides); date stamp, 1634, in arch; initials, EH, separated by a cross, below date.
Notes: The same date stamp has been noted on another fireback; the cross between the initials may have an apotropaic purpose.
Inscription: 1634 /E + H
Current location: Newark Park, Ozleworth, Gloucestershire, England.
(part of the National Trust museum group)
Description: Rectangular joined to pediment by symmetrical scrolls; fillet edging with embattling inside; shield, helm, crest, supporters and mantling of the city of Bristol; date split by bottom of shield; inscription in an oval cartouche below shield; rectangular side extensions with twisted rope edging; initial on each extension.
Notes: The use of embattling inside the edge and the form of the number 3 in the date suggests that this fireback may be the work of the pattern maker identified on other firebacks as RN; the mismatched 3 is likely to have replaced a 1 or 2. The pattern-maker was also responsible for carving royal coats of arms in three West Country churches.
Inscription: T H / 16 34 / ARMES BRISTOLL
Arms: City of Bristol
Current location: in private hands Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire, England.
Citation: Hodgkinson, J. S., 2017, 'Church Armorials and Firebacks: Evidence of an Early 17th-Century Woodcarver', Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, 135, pp. 213-223.
Description: Arched rectangular shape with small triangular protrusions in each top corner; fillet edging (top and sides); top centre, date stamp, over-pressed on right side; top corners, single fleur-de-lys stamp; below date, initials in triad.
Notes: The fleur-de-lys is of a distinctive form; the small triangular protrusions are not seen on other firebacks. Wilkinson's, Doncaster, auction 26 Feb 2017 lot 272. A fireback with the same date stamp is at Newark Park, Ozleworth, Gloucestershire.
Inscription: 1634 / RCS [triad]
Current location:, England.