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The Originals: English fireplace benches date back to the Georgian period (1714 - 1837), but the furniture genre didn’t get the name "Club Fenders" until late 19th century when bespoke pieces became popular in private London clubs, magnificent homes of the urban rich and the country estates of landed gentry. These benches had frames of solid hand-welded iron.
English fireplace benches of the Georgian period and earlier were commissioned by wealthy land owners. The benches were made by local blacksmiths. Such benches were extremely expensive, and hence are very rare today. But now Club Fenders LLC makes these wonderful furniture pieces in Connecticut using classic three-hundred-year old styling, materials and craftsmanship.
A Unique Furniture Genre: The club fender is exceptional in its function and artistry. Uniquely positioned at the hearth, it optimizes the staging of furniture in rooms large and small. And with today's eco-sensitivity, it is unique in celebrating and giving relevance to our fireplaces in all seasons and whether used or not. Club fenders are also for gas fireplaces and wood-burning stoves.
Classic Old English vs. 20th Century Design: Since WW2 virtually all UK benches replicate a mid-century version of Edwardian period design; notably brass or other metal alloy, machine made, and assembled with nuts & bolts. As such, differentiating design features are quite limited. They lack the comfort and stability of the weightier Victorian and Georgian period originals. By contrast, our classic Old English Fireplace Benches are of solid iron, and artisan made in a forge where we weld, bend, twist and add artistic flourishes. Virtually every bench is custom fitted to the intended hearth. Our mill-work (skirting) and upholstering is done to the highest quality by local artisans. Our clients select from over 100 top quality leathers or provide their designer fabric. Our turn-around time is a few weeks vs. months for a bench made overseas.
Old English Fireplace Benches