A rare two piece set (shovel and tongs) of well patinated steel Arts & Crafts fire irons designed by CFA Voysey and manufactured by Thomas Elsey Ltd, Portland Metalworks, London c1898.
Comprising heart shaped shovel and tongs of riveted construction and ball knop ends. Similar illustrated, in the Thomas Elsley catalogue of Voysey designs, ref. 1570 (an original copy held in the CFA Voysey RIBA archives at the V&A Study Rooms). Originally were available as is, to rest on fire dogs, or were supplied with a stand. The last image shows them resting on such firedogs (now sold) which we had in brass.
These were exhibited at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House in The Lake District in