Arts & Crafts Victorian Cast Iron Grate Designed by Thomas Jekyll
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Material Cast Iron
Style Arts & Crafts
Room Living Room
Period before 1890
Dimensions H 91.44 cm x W 99.06 cm x D 27.94 cm
Product Code 1-973
Rare and large late Victorian Arts & Crafts cast iron grate designed by the British architect Thomas Jeckyll (1827-1881) and produced by Barnard Bishop & Barnard foundry Norwich, circa 1880. This style of grate was advertised in the late 19th century as a 'slow combustion grate' and boasted saving 30-40% in fuel over other grates! This is due to the solid base to the fire. The coal or logs sit on a solid clay base rather than a pierced cast iron base, so less oxygen feed the fire and the combustion of the fuel is slowed whilst still producing good heat. It also benefits from a sliding blower. A simple sheet of steel with a ring handle that can be lowered when initially lighting the fire and the flue is cold to aid the draw and then once the fire is a blaze and the flue is ward the sliding blower can be raised. It is pictured here with it in the lowered position. This grate also includes a striking set of 8inch tiles produced by Minton, Stoke on Trent. One tile repaired, see image. These tiles will be plastered into the frame before delivery, English, circa 1880. Supplied with new clay fire back and solid clay 'devon' fire base.
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