In 1873 he began designing andirons , grates, stove fronts, and other pieces of metalwork for the firm Barnard, Bishop, and Barnards of Norwich.
Drawings of architectural metalwork, candlesticks, andirons , and plasterwork of the same earlier centuries fill his sketchbooks.
These bold new exteriors required appropriate interiors, so architects and designers created everything from chairs and tables to drinking vessels and andirons in this flamboyant and romantic style.
By the time the summer was over she had bought andirons , lamps, candlesticks, and painted trays as well as needlework and furniture so that her ‘hotel bedroom began to look like a miniature museum,’ as she wrote.
A stylish Philadelphia parlor is conceptually incomplete if the fireplace is not fitted with wrought-iron andirons and a cast-iron fireback.
In the fireplace are a pair of brass andirons and a fender, American or English, dating from the early nineteenth century.
I stared into a fire we built on the very andirons where the good oak had blazed and warmed him.
The eighteenth-century wrought-iron andirons are from New England.
The original kitchen fireplace remains, retaining its cast-iron cauldron and andirons , but it was refaced during the 1896 renovation with blue tiles purchased from Traitel Brothers, tile suppliers in New York City.
Antique andirons and fireplace tools survive in some quantity, but hard use has often taken its toll and they may be more decorative than useful today.