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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.

Antique fireplace brass could encompass fireplace bellows which have brass valves in order to push the air out of onto the fire or antique brass copper andirons which set inside the fireplace to help hold the wood up off the fireplace floor.


Other antique fireplace brass accessories include fireplace grates, fireplace coal or ash  buckets of various sizes and styles, fireplace screens, fireplace tool sets, wood holders, wood carriers, fireplace hearth fender, fireplace log holders, fireplace log pokers, a brass ‘tidy set’ and fireplace bellows in addition to the fireplace andirons.


The use of brass in antique fireplace brass accessories is because brass holds up well to the extreme and intense heat given off by the fire. It also allows one to clean up the black soot that is left behind on these accessories to be easily wiped clean with a dampened wash cloth or other cloth. There are special brass cleaners on the market that will help restore an antique fireplace brass accessories to it’s original shine, however they could be toxic and may not mix well with fires so read the label before applying these or any product to a brass fireplace antique.


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