The Sackville Edwardian mantel
This tall Edwardian style fireplace mantel features full length turned columns and a large top shelf with a bowed pediment.
It has a central shelf with elegant brackets, and well proportioned foot blocks at the base of the pillars. The oval mirror in this mantel is bevelled, and the whole piece is locally manufactured in Lancashire.
It was only in Edwardian times that mantels with built - in mirrors like this became popular, previously a mirror would have been a separate item, fixed to the wall.
This mantel would be typical of those in the generally high-ceilinged Edwardian homes of the early part of the 20th century.
The mantel here is made from "Sapele", a West African hardwood that is similar to Mahogany.
It may equally have had a tiled insert of the type shown with it here, or a cast iron fireplace insert, usually with feature fireplace tiles.
Almost all hearths in this period were tiled, finishing flush with floor level and frequently bordered with a raised fender (there were no fitted carpets).