Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2007
From: jon five
Subject: rumford fireplace
hi, wondering if you could identify the attached picture as a rumford fireplace or not? theres arguements here about if it is or is not!
it has an arched back, which you might be able to see by looking at the brick on the sides. hope the picture is clear enuff!
It looks as if it could be a Rumford - if it was built between 1796 and about 1850 - and to some extent depending on where it is. I'll guess 1810 somewhere in the South, maybe Louisiana. With the fireback sloping forward it's a variation of the original straight-backed Rumford but they were common and we can still call them Rumfords.
It looks to be in great shape if it's original. What do you know about the house? Identifying the fireplace as a Rumford takes some guesswork and it would help to know more about the age, history and location of the house. See some of the other original Rumfords at http://www.rumford.com/Thaxter.html and http://www.rumford.com/images/poplarforest.jpg and http://www.rumford.com/Venezia.html
How is the throat formed? Is there any evidence of plaster that might have been used to round the breast (throat)?
Let me know more about the house and fireplace and what you plan to do with it. I'd be interested.
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