STYLE: These andirons are considered early in the transition from a trestle base to a more sophisticated and practical arched base. The trestle foot presented the problem of not sitting firm on an uneven hearth, thus the arched base with “penny” feet which afforded a three point rest. The longer brass head is, of course, a step towards an all-brass front. The log stop is also a new innovation of this period.
TECHNIQUES: The brass heads are cast in two parts, as also the lower balustraded iron member and its square base. The feet and arch are wrought, and the square base under the balustraded part is partially wrought after casting. The wrought billet bars and log stops are probably replaced.