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Victorian Ghosts, 1852-1907: EN 4573 Collection


A large and heavy yet simple set of metal supports to hold wood inside a fireplace. Dog was also another term for andirons. In this case, the fireplace was so large it required more than one holder. [LD]

"andiron, n." OED Online, Oxford University Press, September 2020, Accessed 21 October 2020.

“Andirons and Firedogs.” Grammarphobia, 2 June 2009,

Definition of MASSY. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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