From the inventory of a major North-East furniture retailer closing their doors. Floor sample: May have minor imperfections.
One of a kind "Ansoborough" set of two andirons: hand-cast solid brass. Satin brass finish.
WARNING: The Virginia Metalcrafters company is no longer in business. Their website has been taken over by a retailer selling products unrelated to the quality of the original products manufactured by Virginia Metalcrafters.
The Art of Sand Casting
The majority of Virginia Metalcrafters products were made by the process of sand casting. Sand casting is a 10,000-year-old process and art that involves creating a cavity in damp sand and then filling that cavity with molten metal. After cooling the sand is broken away to reveal the rough casting. Because each sand mold must be destroyed in order to remove the casting, each casting is unique. The process begins with a hand carved pattern (called a design). A toolmaker mounts the pattern on a metal plate which is then used to make each sand mold.
The metal plate, containing the pattern plus the channels that carry molten metal from an opening in the mold to the pattern, is placed between the two halves of a metal box called a flask. Both ends of this box are open so that sand can be packed against each side of the pattern. After the sand is tightly packed so that it holds its shape, the two halves of the mold are pulled away from the pattern plate, the pattern plate is removed, and the mold halves, which now have a hollow area which reproduces the pattern and the channels to carry the metal (called gates), are put together. As sand was poured into one side of the mold, a channel is created so that the molten metal can be poured into the mold, through the gates, and into the pattern.
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