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Cast-iron fireback consisting of a panel with an arched top and scrolled ears. Decorated with reliefs, foliate borders at the sides, and in the center with a coat of arms consisting of a shield, three castles separated by a chevron with an open compass, and with crest of a bird with a leafed...

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In a banderole below the shield: "FOLLOW REASON" with pellet between. Along the crest: 'THE FREE MASONS ARMS" with pellets between.


Along the bottom: "SOLD BY JOSEPH WEBB BOSTON" with pellets between words.


Early history unknown. Consigned to Bourne's auction, November 27, 1982, lot 540; purchased at that auction by John Walton, Inc., a dealer from Jewett City, Connecticut; purchased later that year by the Museum.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by a Friend of the Department, William N. Banks Foundation, John Walton, Inc., and Edwin E. Jack Fund

About 1770–87

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


64.13 x 68.58 x 3.81 cm (25 1/4 x 27 x 1 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cast iron