A pair of cast-iron andirons depicting Scotsmen wearing tams and kilts and smoking long pipes, the maker Joseph Webb (Boston), ca. 1780. Each 11.75 ins. high, 7 ins. wide, 13.25 ins. deep. Reference: Kauffman & Bowers, 10.
Provenance: Hastings House, Essex Square, Essex, CT; acquired by the Estate of Dr. Woody and Mrs. Honor Cobbs, Atlanta, GA in October 1972.
The andirons are an example of the single andiron shown on a 1767 Paul Revere engraved copper plate used to produce 150 trade cards for Boston iron merchant Joseph Webb. Webb and Revere were fellow Freemasons and business colleagues.