THE PATRIOT, starring film actor Mel Gibson, is a drama about a farmer during the Revolutionary War who reluctantly joins the militia as the action reaches his town. Also playing a part in this movie is the Smithsonian Institute, which for the first time is involved in a feature film as a historical consultant.
Four firebacks from the Pennsylvania Firebacks collection have been chosen for use in the hearths of this epic film in the making. The Joseph Webb Stag and Pine Grove Firebacks were chosen from Pennsylvania Firebacks award winning collection of reproductions. Another of the antique reproductions used in the movie is the Hereford Stove Plate, the original of which is now on display at the Historic David Rittenhouse Village in Philadelphia. The fourth “Patriot” back is the classic Plain Panel from the Signature Edition of original firebacks by artist J. Del Conner.
Set in Historic Brattonville, South Carolina, there are sure to be scenes focused around the center of the colonial home, the fireplace. The inclusion of firebacks on this set highlights the fact that in earlier times, no fireplace was complete without a cast iron fireback in place.