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Set of Fireplace Tools and Equipment with Lion Finials



Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: Deanery.425-428
W.180-181 (Wyndham No.)
Classification: 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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  • Animalia - Kingdom containing multicellular organisms having cells bound by a plasma membrane and organized into tissue and specialized tissue systems that permit them to either move about in search of food or to draw food toward themselves. Unable to make their own food within themselves, as photosynthetic plants do, they rely on consuming preformed food. They possess a nervous system with sensory and motor nerves, enabling them to receive environmental stimuli and to respond with specialized movements.
  • brass - Alloy of copper and zinc, usually with copper as the major alloying element and zinc up to 40% by weight. For an alloy consisting mainly of copper, combined most often with tin, but at times also with other metals, use "bronze (metal)."
  • firesets - Sets of tools used to manage fires in fireplaces, hearths, or other domestic settings; may include tongs, shovels, pokers, and rakes.

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