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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 rich and the country estates of landed gentry. These benches had frames of solid hand-welded iron.
Victorian & Georgian era English fireplace benches are extremely rare today because a) only the wealthiest could afford them and b) so many of these iron benches were repurposed for armaments in WW! 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 whether or not a fire is burning. A Club Fender is appropriate for all fireplaces - wood burning and gas (except ones with a raised hearth).
Classic Old English vs. 20th Century Design: Since WW1 virtually all UK benches replicate the 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 millwork (skirting) and upholstering is done to the highest quality by local artisans. Our clients select from over 100 top quality leathers or provide their own designer fabric. Our turnaround time is a few weeks vs. months for a standardized club fender made in England.
Old English Fireplace Benches