1950s all tiled fireplace
This is highly complex all tiled fireplace made by H&E Smiths of Stoke on Trent in the early 1950s.
It is made with the Van Delft range of tiles with a purple heather tint and several moulded blocks in a beige/brown mottle.
The fireplace is unusually deep (8 inches) and the sides and top are decorated with a band of 2 inch square Van Delft tiles in the heather tint.
Starting from small block feet the whole back panel is framed with the kerb tiles split lengthways and a raised rib inserted at the join.
The header section has angled tile panels to either side and a central bowed panel made from edge glazed finger tiles only 0.375 inches wide.
The shelf separating the header from the fire opening section is supported on a row of right angled fingers similar to the narrow, horizontally laid fingers between the chamfered opening blocks.
The hearth has a raised kerb made from these blocks with square bosses at the corners.