Andirons, pair of

Pair of dog-headed andirons (Period)

Pair of dog-headed andirons (Period)

A pair of andirons are a metal stand, used for holding logs in a fireplace; they are modernly also known as “firedogs”.  Andirons are found in period rolls, in the attributed arms of the King of Ethiopia, mid-16th C. [NW 92].

Period heraldic examples show andirons conjoined in pairs, frequently decorated with animal or human heads; the type of heads should be specified in the blazon.  The illustration shows a pair of dog-headed andirons.

Diterich Schwarcz bears:  Sable, a pair of dog-headed andirons conjoined respectant and on a chief argent a rose gules.

Galfryd Yrinmonger bears:  Argent, a pair of dog-headed andirons conjoined respectant and on a chief purpure a smith’s hammer argent.

Pádraig Lowther bears as a badge:  A pair of swan-headed andirons conjoined respectant argent.

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