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The fireplace has been said to be the heart of the home, a place to relax in style and comfort on cool days or nights; it's the centerpiece of the room. Now you need the perfect accessories to match the period of your house or your favorite decorating time in history. Where do you look when you need a hard to find pair of period fireplace tools to match your antique andirons? How about a hearth footman, coal hod, or a pair of jamb hooks to complete your fireplace? You've come to the right place; we have what you need!
Pictured on our Antique Andirons website is a small fraction of our large and varied inventory; we can help you find the exact item(s) you need to complete your decorating dream in timeless elegance. Our andirons are professionally polished to a glowing shine (we offer expert polishing services for all fireplace equipment) while leaving the vestiges of centuries of use intact. Our andirons are never lacquered, and will acquire a satin sheen over time.
Over the past ten years gas modified fireplace treatments have become popular and very realistic, and our antique andirons easily blend with these treatments by positioning their ceramic log holders on the billet bars of the antique andirons. Assorted crushed ceramic chips form a glowing mound around the billet bars that is both realistic and beautiful when the ceramic logs are turned on. We offer plating services for these traditional fireplace fixtures, and the chrome or silver like finish blends incredibly well with today's modern decor.
AntiqueAndirons.com is America's leading dealer in 18th and 19th century fireplace equipment, and since 1974, James Gallagher has furnished museums, historic restorations and private homes with a variety of antique fireplace andirons, tools, and equipment, spanning styles and eras. We can help you with whatever you need to suit your home decor and/or simply express your design taste.
Why not get in touch with us today to find that perfect complement to your fireplace, and allow us to provide you with the finest service and items possible. We're here for you.
Tips and TricksFall is a ideal time to spruce up your fireplace equipment. Here are five tips for proper cleaning and polishing your antique andirons, fireplace tools, fenders, coal hods and other items.
- Perform these techniques in a safe environment. A concrete floor, clean work bench or work table that is well lite will be fine. It should be free of debris and have ample fresh air.
- Materials you will need are rubber gloves or fabric gloves; various grades of steel wool from course to fine; spray oven cleaner; copper and brass polishes and a selection of clean soft rags to polish with.
- Proper condition assessment of your fireplace items will speed your efforts in bringing them back to their original beauty. If your items are "not" black, crusty, rusty or generally have a gross tarnished look skip step 4 and go to step 5.
- As wood burns in your fireplace it releases rosins and creosote that will discolor your fireplace items. The cleaning process of these items can be jump started by spraying oven cleaner on them, which is the best and most inexpensive way of starting the cleaning process. Spray items to be cleaned with oven cleaner (make sure to wear your gloves for this part!), which will foam up on application. Be careful not to directly breath the vapor from the cleaner in when it is sprayed. Let the foam set for ten minutes or so, and apply another coat if needed, since two coats of the cleaner may be needed for heavily soiled items. Rub briskly with coarse steel wool to remove the tarnish. Use a little water on the steel wool to actuate the cleaner and rub briskly again. Wipe dry with a clean soft cloth.
- When your items are cleaned the polishing begins. Use either Met-All cream polish or Nevr-Dull wadding polish. These are both American made polishes that are non-toxic and easy to use. They are so good I use and sell them. Met-All cream is used with fine or coarse steel wool depending on the remaining tarnish on the item. Use a little on a soft rag to finish up. Using Nevr-Dull after will remove any white that might be left behind after using Met-All. Met-All cream has no Ammonia which can bothersome. Nevr-Dull is used light duty polishing or clean up. Both should be buffed with clean soft rags to finish polishing your items. They both will help retard tarnishing of your fireplace items. Doing this maintenance yearly on your fireplace items will help them develop a fine patina and preserve them for generations to come.