Additional Information: A fine quality pair of white smithed steel ember tongs having a
notch-filed spring handle with acorn finial. The long tapered tongs with an extended rivet
knob [used for tamping hot coals into tobacco] are file decorated and end in spade
A very fine pair of brass flame finial andirons now attributed to an anonymous New York
maker. Each with flame finial and faceted [diamond] head above a bulbous [baluster]
shaft on a stepped plinth raised on cabriole legs ending in ball and claw feet. Until the
mid-20th century it was thought that Revere made them all.
Examples by this hand are illustrated in Architectural Digest Magazine, page 145,
December 1991. Also, Skinner, Hark Away, the Babcock Collection, lot 46, 147, and
162; November 1985. Minor scattered professional fill limited to sky and outside edges.
(34.5" x 33.75" x 1")
Carved turtle-back bellows featuring hand painted ship flying American flag within rope
border against a painted ground. The handle displays a whaling harpoon and rope.
Original brass nozzle, leather, and brass upholstery tacks. Typical imperfections to
leather; screw added to back facilitating closure; displays well. (18" x 7.5" x 3")
Mr. Kidder found the fireback near Boston, and there can be no doubt that the casting, which shows was
made by English workman at one of the old Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island furnaces then
in blast. [A letter from William S. Appleton of Boston, to Dr. Henry C. Mercer of June 25, 1917, states
that he examined Mr. Kidder’s fireback carefully and that the inscription at the top reads, “Bates the
Famous Horseman.” From the Boston Records Commissioners’ Reports, August 27, 1773, “Mr. Jacob
Bates, a famous horseman, attended and craves to leave to the selectmen to erect a fence in the
Common-in order to show his feats in Horsemanship.”]
(23.25” by 30”)
The turned handle is boldly and colorfully decorated with broadly brushed red and
yellow paint sponge daubed with black. Brass pan with coper rivets affixing the pierced
and raised lid featuring engraved wriggle-work ornamentation…flowers and bud on leafy
stem; other decorative devices centering large and proud strutting rooster.
(Length: 44"; pan diameter: 11")
Miniature Andirons, Creepers, Brass and Iron
Circa 1830 to 1840
Ring turned baluster form shaft, spurred cabriole legs, ball feet, (H: 5.25") - SOLD
Miniature Andirons, Creepers, Wrought Iron
Arrow finial on tall knife-blade shafts raised on arched legs, (H: 7.25") - SOLD
Miniature andirons used between large andirons, usually repeating the design of the larger. They kept parts of larger partially burned timbers from dropping onto the hearth, thus increasing the draft for the fire. Extant examples are very rare today. See Kauffman, The American Fireplace, pages 273 and 298.
The tall "Wittingham" type finals above belted and engraved spheres atop engraved plinths, raised on arched legs featuring boldly scrolled spurs and robust claw and ball feet. (H: 21"; W: 13.75'; D: 19.75")
Simple yet elegant, fine craftsmanship; the tapered billet pierces the lower knop beneath which the leg tapers to the ball foot. The iron posts pierce the baluster, reel and ball brass ornamentation that is securely peened. Excellent condition. (H: 16.25"; W: 9"; D: 19")
A pair of brass columnar urn-top andirons standing at 24".
Each with flame-on-urn final above tapered columnar standards on a stepped plinth raised on arched and spurred cabriole legs having ball and claw feet. The iron log rests are 18.5" in length.
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