In Alabama for the past week we have been enjoying temperatures peaking near the 70 mark. It has been exciting to sneak a peak through the mulch looking for my old friends returning to my garden. And as much as I enjoy my infamous wood burning heater it has been a relief to let the fire go out. Feeding a continuous fire is hard work although rewarding. . I k n o w !! This is still February and more times than not my crocus heads find themselves buckling in an unexpected snow. But still this spring break has been great fun.
Letting the fire go out was not a smart move in Early America. The ceramic head match was a luxury afforded only by the more fortunate and not prevalent until the second half of the 1800. The fire in the hearth was important 24/7 regardless of the ambient temps. The hearth of course important for preparing daily meals for the hard working families and don’t underestimate the welcomed light source the fire provided. These have been my thoughts as I study the recently acquired andirons that Charles added to Noordermeer’s inventory.
These are the best andirons I have had in my inventory in a good while. Look at the multi-functions. On the inside of the vertical surface of these andirons you can see a curl that would hold a skewer serving as a rotisserie for a good size piece of meat for dinner. Now notice the well formed basket top. This basket was often used to hold a warming dish for sauces and whatever. The basket was also convenient in holding a light source when a roaring fire was not in best interest , i.e. a spring day in Alabama. Nice iron always a cool addition to a collectors fireplace.