Description: Canted rectangular shape; twisted rope edging (top and sides); top centre, date, 1638, with uneven figures (oversize 3), between two fleurs-de-lys; four fleurs-de-lys, lying horizontally, down each side; below date, slender 'T' shape above a slender 'M' shape, with initials 'W' and 'B' separated by the 'T' shape.
Notes: The distinctive fleur-de-lys has not been noted on any other fireback. Purchased by Birmingham Museums in 1982 at the sale of the contents of the house ‘Hildercroft’ on Highfield Road in Hall Green, Birmingham.
Inscription: 1638 / W T B / M
Current location: Blakesley Hall, Blakesley Road, Yardley, West Midlands, England.
(part of the Birmingham Museums Trust museum group)
- Attached to series:
- Date & initials firebacks
Description: Rectangular; flanged edging; small guilloche pattern down each side and along the bottom; upper panel, pictorial scene of the Marriage at Cana; lower panel, inscription panel within a strapwork cartouche with flowers below.
Notes: An end stove plate with a popular scene from the New Testament - John 2.
Copies of this fireback are known.
Inscription: 16 H 38
Current location: Folkestone Library and Heritage Centre, Grace Street, Folkestone, Kent, England.
(part of the Folkestone Library and Heritage Centre museum group)
Description: Formerly arched rectangular, arch now missing; cavetto-moulded edging, invected on the inner edge; English royal Stuart shield, garter, crown (mainly missing), supporters and motto; date split either side of crown; monogram to right of unicorn supporter.
Notes: The monogram probably identifies the pattern-maker, whose invected edging seems to be a distinctive style. From another fireback of the same design, complete with the arch, the height is approx 710mm.
Inscription: 1638 / HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE / RN / DIEV ET MON DROIT
Arms: English Stuart royal
Current location: Six Poor Travellers House, High Street, Rochester, Kent, England.
Museum number: A4328 (part of the Rochester Guildhall Museum museum group)