Saint Andrew's Cross Fireback

Saint Andrew is said to have been martyred on a cross in this shape. It appears in numerous flags such as Saint Patrick's flag, the Spanish flag and the Arms of Burgundy. It is also the origin for the warning sign in this shape to indicate the point at which a railway line intersects a road at a level crossing. The pillar refers to the club of Hercules, his favorite weapon. It symbolizes power. Since antiquity the ‘Pillars of Hercules’ are also the name of the promontories at both sides of the Strait of Gibraltar. Hence they also symbolize the frontier between the known and unknown world (Nec Plus Ultra, "nothing further beyond"), and later they also became symbols for the opposite, i.e. taking risks and confronting the unknown (Plus Ultra, ‘further beyond’). In the Spanish royal coat of arms they represent for the overseas possessions.
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Classification: ***: Very good condition, limited wear given the age and use. **: Clear signs of wear and possible structural problems including small instabilities. Still well suited for use in an open fireplace. *: Structural instability that hinders function other than decorative. For example, open fireplace tongs with a loose mechanism so that the ends can overlap. A fireback in this classification can still be used in a gas fireplace or as a backsplash. Should you want additional information about the quality or the classification of a specific fireplace accessory, do not hesitate to ask.

Age18th century
StyleLouis XIV
Width79.5 cm | 31.3 inches
Height67.5 cm | 26.6 inches
Depth 2.6 cm | 1.0 inches
Weight61 kg | 134 lbs
MaterialsCast iron