A Guide to the Victorian Fireplace
A Guide to the Victorian Fireplace: A Unique Gift for Weddings and Anniversaries
From the name alone, you probably can sense the grandeur of the Victorian fireplace. Typically made from wood, and enamored with a cast iron inset, the Victorian fireplace was a common feature of 19th-century homes. Today, it is considered an antique fireplace but is still available if you do not mind spending a little extra.
If you are looking for a memorable and meaningful gift to give to friends or loved ones on the occasion of a wedding or anniversary, and if you have the budget, and they have the space, why not go big? A restored Victorian fireplace is a fantastic option for any occasion.
Why a Victorian Fireplace?
The hearth has long been the heart of the home since humans first discovered how to create fire; ancient civilizations had deities who were guardians of the hearth and home. It is a place where families and friends have always gathered around, socializing, and telling stories, sharing love and warmth to stave off the long, cold winter nights. Today, the fireplace is seeing a revival in popularity, and Victorian fireplace reclamation and restoration is in high demand, and even replica fireplaces and mantles are sought after.
There are two main aspects of a fireplace that you need to consider, and that is the hearth that houses the fire itself, and the mantle, which is the decorative surround of the fireplace.
1. The Hearth
The hearth is always made out of cast iron, it is extremely durable, and it is able to withstand the incredibly hot temperatures that fires can reach. This means you do not have to worry too much about what the recipient’s particular tastes might be, as they can be customized. The type of hearth that you wish to will depend on the mantle that surrounds it, so it does not stand out or look odd. What type of fire does the recipient want? A wood-burning fire will produce soot which will need a little extra work on cleaning. With most modern gas, propane, and wood-burning fires, you do not even need a chimney breast built into the house, as ventless fireplaces are a common design for modern houses that do not have a chimney.
2. The Mantle
A Victorian mantle is a beautiful addition to any fireplace, and it can surround any kind of hearth that you want it to, from an electric fire, to gas, or even a wood-burner. While a Victorian fireplace typically has a mantle made of wood, some do come in marble or cast iron, and each has distinct advantages. Marble, for instance, is more luxurious, durable, and very easy to clean. It might be a good idea to find out what material your recipients might prefer.
The Victorian fireplace can make for a thoughtful gift that your recipients will appreciate and remember for the rest of their lives. You can also enjoy the added pleasure of knowing that a couple in love will likely spend many hours together, enjoying the warmth provided by your gift.