De Opkamer has a huge collection of old antique firebacks
in our showroom in Made located in The Netherlands. When we buy old fireplaces in France, we normally get the original fireback with it. The antique fireplace and the antique fireback have a beautiful combination together. We have Iron firebacks with different histories and centuries. We have also fireback acessories as andirons, fire grate and fireback screens.
Purpose of firebacks
An antique fireback is a beautiful heavy cast iron, which have two functions. First is to protect the wall from the heat antique fireplace creates and the second is being used as a radiator for the home. After the heavy Iron cast firebacks is heated by fire and absorbed the heat, the fireback can be used as a radiator for your house.
History of firebacks
From 15th century was the first fireback build and decorated with simple pictorial designs. Later these antique firebacks displayed coats of arms of royalty, the church and aristocracy. Afterwards the firebacks symbolized mythological and some places from the nature. Firebacks were a luxury item in the old days, mainly used by royal and rich families. Most of these exclusive antique firebacks show the family weapon or a biblical story on a antique fireback.