An exceptional cast iron fireplace serpentine form mantel and surround, circa 1850-1860, with original inset eglomise glass panels depicting buildings and figures, attached Rococo backsplash, central arched interior opening, and large scrolled surround. The back is embossed “Patented by H. Tucker”. Fireplace mantel designer Hiram Tucker patented improvements to the common mantelpiece back in 1850. His invention involved using ornamented glass or a similar material and surrounding it with cast iron framework. Excellent overall condition, with some paint losses, surface imperfections, and expected wear from age and use. The back shows some evidence of residual plaster present from its previous installation. Dimensions: 56" h x 70 1/2" w x 13" d. The interior opening measures 35" h x 29" w.
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