|Title:||art deco fireplace andirons|
|Description:||american art deco fireplace andiron from universal electric log company chicago il 24" tall and 9" wide at the base beautiful intricate details, shapes, womans body, scroll work|
|Condition:||no marks, original iron, no broken pieces, no paint, great condition|
|Origin:||found at homestead of a friends passed away neighbor|
|Appraised By:||Leslie Russell|
|History Of The Item:||An andiron (older form anderne; med. Lat. andena, anderia) is a horizontal iron bar, or bars, upon which logs are laid for burning in an open fireplace. In older eras (e.g. 16th to 18th century AD) andirons were also used as a rest for a roasting spit or may have a cup shaped top to hold porridge. The earliest andirons were forged from wrought iron. Andirons typically stand upon short legs and are usually connected with an upright guard. This guard, which may be of iron, steel, copper, bronze, or even silver, is often elaborately ornamented with patterns or heraldic ornaments, such as the fleur-de-lis, with sphinxes, grotesque animals, mythological statuettes or caryatides supporting heroic figures or emblems. Sometimes they were referred to by the creature they portrayed, for example an andiron with a canine emblem could be called a firedog. In some locations, the word firedog came to be refer to any andiron, even those that did not sport dogs.|
|Appraiser Tips:||In my research I could find no information on the Universal Electric Log Co. in Chicago, IL. Possibly it was an original name that was later changed, or went out of business. The historical records of that area may uncover who this company was, however much more extensive research would be required.|
|Research Sources:||Price guides; Internet Research; current retail market trends on vintage andirons; Art Deco guides|
|Appraiser Comments:||I believe your andirons date to the early part of the twentieth century and are bronze (firsthand inspection is required to determine this with 100% certainty). Since they are not marked, the country of origin also remains unknown, however they are most likely American made (possbily French). The value I've given your andirons is based on other unique Art Deco andirons of that period, however at the right auction on a good day, the winning bid could be quite different from appraised amount. They are truly magnificent and I believe any Andiron or Art Deco collector would want to ad them to their collections. Great, great find!|
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