Antique and vintage George Washington andirons
Antique and vintage George Washington andirons are andirons fashioned to resemble the first US president, George Washington (1732 – 1799). They are among the most collectible form of andiron.
Andirons are iron, steel, bronze or copper bars on which logs are placed above an open fireplace to aid burning and minimise smoke.
In the US they were first produced in the late 17th century.
They are generally used in pairs and those produced during and after the Italian renaissance can be highly decorative in nature.
Antique or vintage?
Items produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.
“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.
How much are George Washington andirons worth?
George Washington andirons rarely achieve more than $1,000 at auction, although the best condition pieces, made by a collectible manufacturer can come close to that figure.
The least collectible items can sell for as little as $60.
Notable sales of antique and vintage George Washington andirons
A pair of cast iron, painted George Washington andirons, made in the US in the late 19th century, realised $800 at a Skinner auction in February 2007.
A pair of early 19th century US, sculpted George Washington andirons sold for $720 at Early American History Auctions in April 2004.