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Ecomuseum of the Valleys of Àneu

Cremalls

<p>Wrought iron <em>cremalls</em> with chisel-chased decorative motifs.</p>

Wrought iron cremalls with chisel-chased decorative motifs.

The cremalls, or fire irons, were used to hang cauldrons and pots over the wood fire in the open hearth. Made by local blacksmiths, many of them from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries had allegorical symbols and geometrical figures forged or scored into their decoration, whose degree of refinement would have been yet another outward sign of the family’s social status.

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