These are a beautiful and most stunning large pair of brass Aesthetic Movement fire dogs or antique andirons.
They are made of heavy brass and have eye-catching ribbed ball finials to the front of each andiron.
These are really a most decorative pair and date from the late 19th century.
Stylistically they are very Victorian, Aesthetic Movement in style.
History: An andiron or firedog, fire-dog or fire dog is a bracket support, normally found in pairs, on which logs are laid for burning in an open fireplace, so that air may circulate under the firewood, allowing better burning and less smoke.
Length – back to front: 8 ¼ inches. Height is 11 ½ inches. Width at widest is 5 ½ inches.
The globes have a diameter of approx. 3 inches - the ribbed bar to rest your implements on is 8 inches in length.