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- n. Plural form of fireback.
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At the rear of the fireplaces cast-iron firebacks reflect the heat of the fire outward to improve the efficiency of spit-roasting.
The earliest firebacks date from the fifteenth century.
There are still several reproductions of it scattered about the country in the form of firebacks; evidently the founders considered the design convenient.
The firebacks and the andirons, and later the fire-dogs, of the open fireplaces are collectable curios of considerable interest, and the hobby may be indulged in at a moderate cost.