A substantial Tudor Revival style Derbyshire Fossil Limestone chimneypiece. The spandrels carved with trailing rosette and shield motifs, the left jamb carved with the initials FPVC, the right jamb with the date 1916.
English early 20th century.
Provenance: The initials on the left jamb may refer to a Frederick Daniel Parslow VC (14 January 1856 – 4 July 1915) who was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Parslow was a Master in the Mercantile Marine, and the first from that Service to be awarded a Victoria Cross. He was the oldest person to receive the VC for actions in World War I.
Notes:The Clipsham fossil stone is dense & hard and will take a polish.
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