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The dated Great Oak fireback was the second design created for the first year of original fireback production in 1979. A homage to all that we receive from the tree and the Oak in particular as a symbol of strength and durability. This fireback follows a tradition observed in old firebacks and stove plates of the dating of each production year. We jumped the gun a little on this tradition by casting 1980 in the spring of 1979. The artist got his first inspiration while still in art school and visiting the Mercer Museum of Doylestown in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The mercer Museum exhibits trace the preindustrial history of this country, its collection of firebacks is unparalleled in the United States. Wishing to continue this tradition rather than be contented with copying from the past, artist J. Del Conner created the Oak Tree fireback without a historic counter part. As such, this fireback was the first new fireback offered to the American people in a very, very long time.
Because the date is customized, this item can not be returned or exchanged.
Please note: The date is hand sculpted. Because of this, a "6" and a "9" will be slightly larger than other numbers. See picture in photo gallery.