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A pair of cast iron andirons,
each upright with a "fleur de lys" finial and raised on splayed feet pierced with a trefoil,
This is a replica piece . Also available sized 56cm (22") high £125 + VAT stock code 92020.
The word "Andiron" derives from the old English word "Aundion" meaning literally "hound of iron" or "fire dog" which is another term for them. The French call them "chenets" derived from the word "chein". The German usage however likens these iron tetrapeds to goats. Call them what you will, they date back in a similar form to medieval times, often with the purpose of securing extremely large logs and enabling air to get underneath. Antique examples survive, often with hooks for spits and circlets or cressets for pots of mead.