Seller: mouses53 (2,572) 100%, Location: Baltimore, Maryland, Ships to: US, Item: 311740401837 Charming Antique Hessian Soldiers fireplace andirons. Roughly 20" high (soldiers) by 20" length of (andirons). Late 19th or Early 20th century iron. Very hard to find these in this original condition. Marked on back of Soldiers: NO. 2000L, M.B.B. PAT. PEND Typical iron rust. Could use a careful cleaning. They should not be painted to retain value. Existing paint appears original, I do not detect that these have been repainted or altered. The paint appears original. The soldiers are bolted to the andirons, I will disassemble carefully for shipping. Pair of andirons in the shape of marching Hessian soldiers holding their sabers. Each in cast iron with colored accents, and stamped with mark, patent number on reverse. The first documented examples of this form date from 1826 - the 50th anniversary of the American Revolution. The majority of the examples with color (which we believe includes ours) date from the post-Civil War period of 1870-1910. There are a couple of paint specs on these that I will let the buyer remove, should remove easily. They are heavy, thus the $35.00 shipping cost. I will ship UPS.