Antique copper and brass miniature fireplace: A shop advertising, or salesman’s sample, English, late 19th century. This is an interesting collector’s piece, possibly a unique, one-off piece. It is hand-crafted from a combination of copper and brass sheet metal. The mantel is formed from brass sheets with the top of the mantel face decorated with a scalloped, cast copper apron while the outer mantel edges are outlined with hand formed copper tubing. The firebox is made of brass and the mantel face is outlined in brass tubing. The entire mantel piece is soldered onto a raised copper hearth. Tinned steel lines the mantel back, and hearth underside.
Condition: Excellent antique condition. For the most part, it retains its original verdigris patina that has been very minimally cleaned to reveal the metals used. Well-made, robust construction and a fairly heavy object. No restoration.
Size: Mantel back: 10” x 8 ¾”. Mantel front: 7 ½” x 8 ½”. Mantel sides 8 ¾” x 3”. Hearth: 4 ½” x 12” x 1”.