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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1550 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast iron

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Cast iron fireback with three daggers formed by impressing a dagger into the sand casting bed.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1550 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cast iron


Height: 470 mm, Width: 730 mm, Depth: 40 mm

Object history note

Mrs C. Starkie Gardner Collection.

Descriptive line

Fireback, cast iron depicting three daggers, made in England, ca. 1550

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Jeremy Hodgkinson, "Pre-Restoration Iron Firebacks", The Journal of the Antique Metalware Society, Vol. 20, June 2012, pp. 2-15, ill. p. 4
Fig.51, p.159.
Gardner, John Starkie. Ironwork. Part 3: A complete survey of the artistic working of iron in Great Britain from the earliest times. London : Published under the authority of the H.M.S.O., 1922. 198 p., 46 p. of plates, ill. ISBN 0905209028.
Fig.15, p.17.
Gloag, John and Derek Bridgwater. A history of cast iron in architecture. London : G. Allen and Unwin. 1948. 395p., ill.
Butterfield, W. Ruskin. Old Wealden Firebacks. The Connoisseur. Dec. 1916. pp.197-206.
Lloyd, N. Domestic Ironwork. I. Firebacks. Archaeological Review. LVIII, 1925. pp.58-67.
fig. 46, pp. 71, 226
Hodgkinson, Jeremy. British Cast-Iron Firebacks of the 16th to Mid-18th Centuries. Crawley: HodgersBooks. 2010

Labels and date

Cast iron
England; c. 1550

The three daggers were cast by impressing an actual dagger into the sand casting bed. This may represent the arms of the Vigumes of Launceston, Cornwall.

Mrs C. Starkie Gardner Collection
Museum No. 896-1901 [07/1994]


Cast iron



Subjects depicted

Daggers (weapons)


Metalwork; Ironwork


Metalwork Collection

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