Fire-back or Fire-plate or Reredo - (Hearth Accessories) Glossary of Antique Terms F

Fire-back or Fire-plate or Reredo - (Hearth Accessories) Cast-iron slab placed at the back of a fireplace to protect the wall and to throw the heat forward. Early examples are wide and quite low, usually rectangular in shape; the tombstone shape came in in the late seventeenth century. And it is at about this time that many fire-backs were imported from Holland. Sussex was the traditional place of manufacture in England and some of the best early examples are in Sussex museums, Hastings particularly. The designs were impressed on the bed of sand (in which the plate was moulded) by means of movable wooden stamps.


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