The rectangular serpentine pierced and engraved top depicting
a crowned lion, representing England, to the right, and the unicorn representing Scotland,
to the left, the harp in the lower left corner representing Ireland,
all centering a ship's wheel;
the field also depicting from left to right :
shamrocks above the harp, a thistle below the unicorn,
three Tudor roses surrounding the lion, and in the lower right corner, a lute;
all amongst c- and s-scrolls and within a solid border;
the frontal frieze pierced with scrolling foliage over a brass-fronted plate rack;
the whole raised on three front cabriole legs ending in pointed feet,
the three straight back legs of iron.
Ref : A similar footman (is illustrated in Domestic Metalwork,1640-1820, Gentle & Feild, p.352,
Trivets and Footmen, Pl. 4, but with spiral side supports and only lower tier cabriole legs ending in penny feet,
from the collection of Colonial Williamsburg.
The text suggests use of the heraldic lion, unicorn and harp indicate that the footman
was made for a government official or courthouse.
Condition : Excellent
16.25" High x 24.25" Long x 11" Deep