Fireplace firebacks are crafted to give your fireplace character and charm. It is made of durable cast iron and serves to protect the back wall of the fireplace from decay. Placed at the rear of the fireplace, the fireback radiates heat forward into the room making the fireplace more efficient. A staple in early American homes, the fireback has been rediscovered and is adding beauty and elegance to fireplaces once again. Optional Fireback Feet are available which help hold the fireback in position.This Fireback is a replica of the Rooster Fireback first forged in the 1770's at the Aetna furnace located in southern New Jersey. During that time in American history, the rooster was a popular decoration and was a symbol of victory.