When I first saw this large old fire tool ,I thought what a great piece to put on the porch for Halloween.Once I got it home and took a closer look and felt it in my hands I began to think and feel it was something a bit more special.You know sometimes a piece will actually kind of speak to you.Like have you ever picked up a piece and felt a strong aversion to it and just couldn't put it down fast enough? Well this piece was exactly the opposite.So my research began.... and..... Prior to and during the 17th century sometimes the only fire tool one might possess was a fire fork.These large tools served numerous domestic functions and were used not only for manipulating the logs but also for moving large pots,or kettles and even as a spit for roasting game.This hand wrought iron and brass fire fork is crude and simple in design and was probably forged by the owner or town blacksmith.Whether this piece was from England or an early colonial piece ,I do not know.What I do know is it is FANTASTIC and LARGE!It measures 48" long.The hand forged triple hooked prongs are curved in shape and measure 6 1/4" long with a width of 6" and a thickness of just over 1/2".By the 19th century these large and multi functional fire tools had vanished and been replaced with smaller and more refined fire irons.The brass top is 6" long and balled top measures 6" in circumference.There are scratches to the brass and the fork has two minor cracks as shown in photos.There has been no refurbishing to this piece and it is in original condition.An incredible and authentic piece with an old world look with plenty of life left in it.A wonderful piece of long lost history, resurfaced.
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