Saving wood floors, trim, doors, windows, and light fixtures may seem like the most obvious of choice when salvaging historic house parts from a historic home, but what most fail to remember are the decorative items that are worth salvaging including antique tile.
|Antique Minton, Hollins, and Co. fireplace tile, circa 1880. |
Photo by Hannah Manning for Materials Unlimited.
|Backside of Minton, Hollins, and Co. fireplace tile. P|
hoto by Hannah Manning for Materials Unlimited.
Tiles for the surround had a number of designs and motifs. Floral designs, animals, hunting scenes and nautical imagery were some of the most preferred. For the wealthy, uncommon designs would include handmade tiles from famous domestic studios including Rookwood, Pewabic, and Batchelder, to name a few. For those with an more worldly taste, Dutch Delft tiles, Majolica tiles from Spain, and Minton tiles of England were the preference.