Did you know?
Firebacks and firedogs were first made in the early 16th Century, initially as a sideline of the foundries which were engaged in casting cannons. They came into general use when it became the norm to place the fire against a wall instead of in the middle of the room. It was necessary to protect the wall from the heat and it was discovered that a fireback reflected the heat into the room instead of absorbing it as the brick and stone did.
Firedogs were originally designed for log burning. They had a horizontal bar, a foot at one end and a pillar at the other end to support the logs and prevent them from rolling off. Some had hooks on the front to hold a spit, while others incorporated cup-holders to warm drink such as mulled wine. From the 16th century, firedogs became more and more decorative with rings, figures and family shields. Accessories for fireplaces have been introduced over time, moving from a logburning fire which tended itself and was burnt to the floor, to coal which needed more tending. Fenders were introduced, more tools and then baskets, as coal burns better with air circulating around it. Kingsworthy Foundry offer a choice of firebacks, grates, screens, companion sets and accessories from one source, with many exclusive designs included.
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