Description: Steeply canted rectangle; no edging; upper centre, square formed of twisted rope lengths inside which are what appear to be two lions passant in pale with a circle and two short sloping lines in inverted V form above; on either side of the square is an O and an R; below the square three lengths of twisted rope extend to the bottom edge, the central one vertically and the the outer two sloping away from the centre; along the bottom is the date, each numeral separated by one of the rope lengths.
Notes: Alleged to be a representation of the arms of the O'Rourke family, who held sway in Cavan and Leitrim, the initials said to be of Owen O'Rourke. Noted in a cottage at Arigna, County Roscommon.
Inscription: O O R / 1 6 8 8
Description: Canted rectangle; fillet edging (top and sides); date to full width across centre of plate.
Notes: Bold, evenly-spaced numerals.
Current location: Red Lodge, Park Row, Bristol, England.
Museum number: NX1064 (part of the Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives museum group)
Description: Canted rectangle; stepped fillet edging (top and sides); twisted rope lengths parallel to top and parallel to each side, forming six compartments; side compartments: seven double fleurs-de-lys in vertical line; top corner compartments: one double fleur-de-lys angled parallel to canting; top compartment: date in centre, initials repeated at each end, three fleurs between date and initials, centre fleur perpendicular to others; main compartment: one fleur in each top corner, line of beads inside rope line, semi-circular at corners.
Notes: The arc shape and use of repeated beads suggests a common source with other firebacks of the same period.
Inscription: RR / 1688 / RR
Current location: The George Hotel, Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent, England.
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)