Hessian Soldier Cast Bronze Andiron Figure 19th century
Deprived of his companion-in-arms (and fireplace... and andiron!), this stalwart character... well... soldiers on. Really wonderfully modeled. Stands, if you find a way to stand him (we might hang him up as a wall plaque) he is 19 1/2" tall, 9 1/2" across and 2 1/4" deep.
Hessian troops are part of American Revolutionary iconography: they were British auxiliaries during that war. Our affection for them may be explained by the distinctive tall hats the troops wore. And maybe placing them in the fire could reflect a lingering resentment as well. A love/hate relationship, no? Time heals all wounds.