Size: Length of log hook 93 cm (36 inches) approx
Age: Early 20th century
Condition: Excellent condition. The upper part is bright iron which has at some point been lacquered/varnished thus retaining its brightness. The business end has been given a coat of stove black. There is a very small nick to the edge of the shovel.
This is a lovely pair of fire irons, a shovel and a log fork/hook (with two straight prongs and one curved one), which are the most useful tools you would need for tending an open fire in a large inglenook fireplace.
The handles are in the form of shepherd's crooks and decorated in the manner of Bill Thornton and Charlie Downer. There is a central twisted area of each shaft with an echoing motif. Exact age not certain - they could be c1910 but we have been told the shape of the shovel suggests a somewhat later date.
Simple and elegant, with a nice weight and balance.