In the 1990’s the Good Morning America with Joan Lunden featured our North Star Fireback in its hearth. Here Ben Vereen talks with Joan.
In late 2016 Pennsylvania Firebacks was commissioned by The Museum of the American Revolution to travel to The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to make a reproduction of their 1778 Liberty Or Death Fireback.
Artist J. Del Conner made a rubber mold of this historic fireback in Winston-Salem under the watchful eye of the museum’s curator. Capturing every minuet detail of the original fireback in the mold, this was then used to make the pattern used in casting the iron reproduction. With its opening on April 19, 2017, The Museum of the American Revolution is the first museum dedicated to telling the entire story of this struggle and features many important original artifacts with interactive displays that connect visitors to the historic events of our nations founding.
Mounted with the compelling story of the making of the Liberty Or Death Fireback in 1778, the reproduction made by Pennsylvania Firebacks is today one of the “Please Touch” exhibits in Philadelphia’s newest museum.
Also on display in the Museum of the American Revolution is Pennsylvania Firebacks reproduction of the Eagle and Shield Fireback from the Winterthur Museum collection in Delaware.
Pennsylvania Fireback is proud to have our works featured in the exhibits of The Museum of the American Revolution and hope you will plan a visit to this exciting addition to Historic Philadelphia.
To mark the Bicentennial of his great, great, great grandfather Dr. Philip Syng Physick’s introduction of artificial carbonated water to America in 1807, J. Del Conner with the old family recipe founded Dr. Physick Soda Company in 2007. A very popular item in the Historic District of Philadelphia, due to a $.015 per ounce tax imposed by the city this soda is struggling to keep its retail customers.
The Philadelphia Inquirer featured this company and its challenges in a recent article:
For more about America’s First Soda visit: www.DrPhysick.com
Visit the historic home of Philadelphia’s Patriot Mayor, Samuel Powel, ca. 1769, and you will see a number of Pennsylvania Firebacks’ Historic Reproduction Firebacks in the hearths.
Saved from demolition in 1932 by the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks (Landmarks), this Georgian period mansion was the premier social gathering place for patriots in Philadelphia leading up to the Revolutionary War, during the Constitutional Convention, and the years when the city was the capitol of the new Federal Government.
Around the corner from Powel House you can also visit Landmarks historic home of Dr. Philip Syng Physick and meet the Doctor’s great, great, great grandson, site manager, and firebacks artist, J. Del Conner.
You can find links to Physick House and the Landmarks web site at:
The Catoctin Furnace Fireback in the Committee Room
The Hereford Stove Plate in the Butlers Bedroom
The Atena Roster Fireback in the Withdrawing Room
Close-up of The Atena Roster Fireback in the Withdrawing Room
The Joseph Webb Stag Fireback in the site managers apartment
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.