Dogs (or sometimes just called "Dogs") reminiscent of
an age of open fireplaces with logs burning and crackling on a
large fire bed, conjuring up images of Olde Worlde English Inns
and Hostelries. The dogs themselves originally acted as supports
for oversized or overhanging logs and were usually in a practical
blackened iron finish.
typically nowadays, fire dogs are used purely decoratively - although
our black versions are fully functional, brass and polished dogs
tend to discolor badly when exposed to the intense heat generated
in a log fire and are therefore more decorative than utilitarian.
above are Regency Dogs in Brass fixed to our Swans Nest Traditional
Fire Basket, ideal for the smaller classic "Inglenook"
fireplace and suitable for burning logs. Inglenooks were the original
large open fronted chimney breasts which had sufficient room inside
to place stools or chairs alongside the fire to keep drafts and
chills at bay and were most favored in traditional English inns
and pubs right up to Victorian times.
Swans Nest models are available in sizes up to 36 inches and with
several different Fire Dog patterns and finishes available to
complete the ensemble.
variety of Fire Dog patterns are available on our main website,
including Art Nouveau, Gothic, Celtic, Ball, Regency, Sentry and
Sentinel styles and patterns. Shown below (left to right) are
Sentinel Dogs in a polished finish, the Celtic in Black, Art Nouveau
Polished and Gothic Brass Dogs - all patterns are available in
brass, black and polished finishes.