Someone could tell that a fireplace bellows England from its ‘coat of arms’ or crest engraved on the wood panels of the bellows. Sometimes there are other intricate details that give away the origin of the fireplace bellows such as a nautical, ship or maritime theme.
Fireplace bellows England are made similarly to other bellows from around the world in that they have two pieces of flat wood that are usually decorated, carved or embellished with a symbol or design that signifies it’s origin; there is a ‘bladder’ or the part where the air is stored and then released and the (usually) brass values in which the air is forced out of and onto the fire. Sometimes the two pieces of wood are held together with a thin piece of leather and the bladder is adorned with brass nails or ‘buttons’ for more of a decorative look. And of course there are the two long handles to help open and close the ‘bladder’ which helps to suck the air into and out of the ‘bag-like’ portion before it is forced into the fire.
Fireplace bellows England were not the first to use fireplace bellows. Fireplaces in parlors around Paris, the United States and Australia were also known to have fireplace bellows among their accessories.