Spit Dogs or Andirons

English, c.1680

Wrought iron and brass. How nice to see 17th-century andirons wrought by the local blacksmith and not cast in a professional foundry. You can see his simple decorations on the base, and we love the square, totally unnecessary, knop on the shafts. The brass ball-finials are his posh touch -- they must have been bought from a brazier, probably in Birmingham. Half-moon bases with chiselled decoration Square decorated knop on stem Brass ball finials, secured with iron pin (not screw) One spit hook restored, otherwise good original condition.

23" h. x 17-1/2" d. x 8-3/4" w.

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