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Set of Fireplace Tools and Equipment with Lion Finials

1800-1935
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Bequest of M. Carey Thomas, President of Bryn Mawr College, 1894-1922

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: Deanery.425-428
W.180-181 (Wyndham No.)
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Tools and Equipment
Collection: Deanery Collection

Bryn Mawr College, Wyndham Alumnae House, 1st Floor

M. Carey Thomas, the first Dean and second President of Bryn Mawr College, lived in the Deanery from 1885 to 1933. She was apparently quite fond of lions, which could be found throughout the house in various forms. This six-piece set of fireplace tools, which consists of a pair of andirons, a poker, a shovel, tongs, and a tool stand, was used in the Japanese-themed Blue Room. Each piece is topped with a rampant lion. The lions on the andirons have forked tails and rest upon an hourglass-shaped stand with clawed feet. The tools are topped with a regardant (reverse-looking) lion with protruding tongue.



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