Antique brass Dutch or English fireplace shovel and tongs c1770. Heavy solid brass. The shovel has pierce-cut decoration. The shovel and fire tongs each measure 27 inches long and are in excellent condition. This item is on display in our gallery at Old Saybrook Antiques Center and can be seen in-person by visiting 756 Middlesex Tpke Old Saybrook, CT 06475. For hours of operation visit: http://www.OldSaybrookAntiquesCenter.com
Antique brass letter holder. French, mid 19th century. The casting is exceptionally fine: a cherub pens a note in the company of an exotic bird, amid floral sprays and scroll work. Measures 6 inches wide, 7.25 inches tall and 2.5 inches deep.
English Classical fireplace grate or basket in the Adams taste, late 18th century, for use with either coal or wood. Pierced and engraved brass fender, engraved brass sides, and 4 brass lemon top finials. Elaborately cast iron fire back (for heat reflection) and square tapered iron legs. There is a very similar example in the collection in the Rhode Island School of Design's Museum of Art. There is an illegible maker's mark cast into both front legs. Measures 27.75 inches high at back and 17.75 inches wide at front, and 15 inches deep. The firebox is 8 x 12.75 inches. The cast iron fire back measures 21.75 x 13 inches. It weighs 73 lbs. This item is on display in our gallery at BRANFORD ANTIQUES & HOME DESIGN 824 EAST MAIN ST.BRANFORD, CT O6405 open 7 days. Formerly Clocktower Antiques. For hours of operation and directions go to www.BranfordAntiques.com
Large antique English brass door knocker with dolphins and figures on custom mahogany stand. Simply the best door knocker we have seen in a long time. The knocker measures 12 x 8 inches, with the top back plate the overall measurement is 15 inches high and 8 inches wide. The custom solid mahogany stand measures 21 inches high with a 10.5 x 10.5 square base. This item is on display in our gallery at BRANFORD ANTIQUES & HOME DESIGN 824 EAST MAIN ST.BRANFORD, CT O6405 open 7 days. Formerly Clocktower Antiques. For hours of operation and directions go to www.BranfordAntiques.com
Pair of Abumi, saddle stirrups made by “Nakamura Keiken”. The Nakamura family are well known metal artists who also made Tsuba and other Samurai metal works in the Japanese Edo period. This pair of stirrups are both inlaid with pure gold and have Ryusui, a water theme. Natural wear, minor gold loss in some areas. Dating from the 18th-19th century. Each strirup measures 12 inches long x 10 inches high x 5 inches wide. Stirrups like these were used to support the rider’s feet while seated on horseback. During warfare, they allowed mounted samurai to stabilize position and control the horse while firing a weapon or brandishing a sword. Curving up and back in the front, they bring the loop for the leather connecting-strap over the instep, providing superior balance. Only high-ranking samurai could ride horses in the Edo period. Elegantly decorated stirrups were a sign of the owner’s privileged position.