A rare survivor from the Regency, or later, period in the form of this articulated face screen support made in brass with a gold gilt finish.
The holder consists of a clamp which attaches to a mantle shelf over the fireplace., to this are attached three joined sections which allow the arm to be adjusted for position. At the end is a “T” shaped section which allows for vertical adjustment. A screen of decorative beaded or embroidered cloth material would have hung from the eyelets on the end arm of the “T” section which would screen the face from the heat of the fire whilst resting or whilst doing needlework. The screen, being portable, would also be used to attach to a window board to protect from bright sunlight whilst sewing or lace making.
The arm extends to a full 50 cm via three hinged sections. There is approximately 30 cm of height adjustment and the screen width is approximately 40 cm.