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Gorgeous ANTIQUE Fireplace Fender / Surround - Circa 19th Century - Bronze/Brass

$999.00 or Best Offer Unsold

Seller: dc-estates (1,003) 100%, Location: Chevy Chase, Maryland, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 162272050325 This is a wonderful antique FIREPLACE FENDER with unique features. On each side of the fender is a circular, concaved and relief plate depicting the face of a woman. We believe this to be a 19th century creation and possibly older. Amazing details with ball finials and an intricately carved base. The scroll work throughout is beautiful. A lot of skill and effort clearly went into making this piece. This fender came from the Minor Hill estate in McLean, Virginia. If you google Minor Hill, you will see that this is an 18th century house owned by George Minor, Sr and Jr in the early days. This is also the house where Dolley Madison is believed to have hid during her flight to and from Washington, DC during the War of 1812. There was a recent estate sale at this location where everything had to go in preparation for its upcoming sale. The last photo is of the historic house itself. Excerpt from an online site: "This house may have been where Dolley Madison stayed for two nights before returning to Washington. Located at the intersection of Virginia Avenue and North Nottingham Street in McLean, Virginia, the original house was reportedly constructed of logs as early as 1730. In 1770, George Minor, Sr., purchased the property and added a wing to the existing house. George Minor and his first wife, Ann, had seven children. The eldest, George Minor, Jr., inherited the house and occupied it during the War of 1812. George Jr. served as Lieutenant Colonel of the Virginia Militia 60th Regiment and was called to the defense of the capital; however, administrative delays prevented him from reaching Bladensburg in time for the battle. During the Civil War, the high ground south of the house hosted a Union Army encampment, complete with an observation tower. The house still stands, now surrounded by later suburban development." We are not sure what the fender is made of. We believe it to be either bronze or brass based on photos of other comparable fenders. Iron has been ruled out as no part of the fender is magnetic. This is being sold as-is so please examine all photos closely. Approximate dimensions: 47 3/4" x 14" x 12 3/4". The fender was placed vertically on a weight scale and weighed in at a whopping 38+ pounds. Please feel free to visit the DISTRICT ESTATES eBay store as we have numerous pieces of fine art, glass, pottery, porcelain and other collectibles. Thanks for visiting. Condition: Intact with no missing pieces. Evident verdigris as this is a very old piece. Tested with a heavy duty magnet. No magnetism whatsoever which rules out iron as iron is highly magnetic. Being sold as-is so please examine all photos., Color: Brown, Material: Unknown

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