late 19th century original high victorian ornamental cast iron fireplace mantel

late 19th century original high victorian ornamental cast iron fireplace mantel with cherry wood top - very rare and completely intact dawson ornamental cast iron fireplace mantel, fabricated by the dawson brothers - a prominent chicago-based outfit specializing in gas grates, gas-logs, mantels and mosaic tile work. the c. 1880's victorian fireplace mantel consists of multiple decorative components bolted together. the dawson mantel shown above is a unique and customized design alternative, containing a frieze with multiple majolica tiles instead of the more traditional cast iron three panel inset. the dawsons designed this mantle with the intent on having a removable frieze panel to accommodate the specifications of the architect and/or stylistic preferences of the owner. the richly colored tiles were fabricated by the trent tile co. of trenton, nj. the mantel legs contain intricately designed figural dragon design motifs. the two protruding figural brackets that support the solid cherry wood shelf consist of visually striking felines surrounded by leafage. the sides of the mantel are adorned with feathered wings and/or mounting brackets positioned on the top and bottom. the four mantle brackets were affixed to a set of varnished oak wood boards nailed into the wall. traces of the original copper plated finish remain intact. the mantel was salvaged from a north side chicago residence. a total of three mantels were removed from this three-flat residence built in the 1880's. call for price. — karasandersen

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