Castle fireplace mantel with drawbridge

 Architectural Collectibles Garden Decorative Art Furniture Rare Antiques Classic Cars Fountains Paintings Louis Icart Jewelry American Victorian French Red Baron Images Fa10256-[1024X768] If the ultimate Dungeons and Dragons room that Cory blogged about a few months ago had a fireplace, this antique would be the mantel. According to auctioneer Red Baron Antiques, it's a "finely carved detailed oak mantel in the form of a Chateau with mirrors, windows that open to storage and a drawbridge. 7.6'H x 6.1'W" (Thanks, Michael-Anne Rauback!)



  1. If not a mantel for the ultimate D&D room…it could be the ultimate pet door for the ultimate D&D room.

  2. Actually, just ‘cuz I do so enjoy being pedantic:
    That’d be a “”finely carved detailed oak mantel in the form of a Château fort

  3. “finely carved detailed oak mantel”

    Perhaps I’m in the minority in preferring my fireplace mantels to be made of stone? Or brick? Or other non-flammable materials?

    1. I think you’ll find most mantels are made of wood. The fireplace should be where the fireplace is, with the flames heading up the chimney. Not out sitting underneath the mantel itself.

      I’ve certainly lived in at least 4 houses with wooden mantels and had fires in them for years. If your mantels catching fire, your chimney needs to be cleaned.

      1. Modern fireplaces (as in for most of the last century) don’t even have masonry under them because they’re made of lighter weight fireproof material. If there’s brick, it’s decorative. In my last house in San Francisco, which was built in the 1920s, there was nothing in the garage that would suggest that there was a fireplace directly above it.

  4. “Mantel” is spelled correctly in the quotation, yet not elsewhere in the piece (and not in the title). I wouldn’t normally point such a thing out, but it’s a post *about* a mantel . . .

      1. That’s what azaner was saying. It’s Mantel in the quote but Mantle everywhere else (or it was, I see it’s been corrected now).

  5. One other thing. Does that mantel seem like he’s screaming to anyone else? I suppose I’d be screaming too if my mouth was on fire.

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