A miniature, Victorian, cast iron fire grate dating from c.1860. There is some speculation as to exactly what these were made for. Some people suggest apprentice pieces, but the quality is rarely good enough, and others suggest travellers samples, but they were not replicas of larger examples. So this really leaves only the theory of ornaments or advertising pieces. They could have been made to sit on the counter of the ironmongers to let their customers know that they sold fireplaces. This is quite a well cast example, with the Royal Coat or Arms of the United Kingdom above the mantel and four classical maidens to the sides. It is in excellent condition.
Dimensions: Length 28cm. Depth 7cm. Height 28.2cm.
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