The Franklin Sun Cast Iron Fireback was the first design created for our initial production of original firebacks in 1979. It was intended as a homage to Benjamin Franklin, his Stove, and the first firebacks produced in Pennsylvania for James Logan in 1728. The frame and festooning of this fireback closely resembles a series of eight firebacks cast for James Logan, Colonial Secretary for William Penn, at the Durham Foundry. These firebacks are thought to be among the first iron castings made in Pennsylvania. Cast in 1728, these firebacks can still be seen at Logan's historic 'Stenton', in Philadelphia. The Sun face with sixteen rays and a scroll engraved with 'Alter Idem' is very similar to those on Franklin's famous stove of 1744. A recent discovery in a letter from Franklin's friend Hugh Roberts points to the fact that this design was actually preceded by a pattern made by their mutual friend, renowned silversmith and electrical experimenter, Philip Syng, Jr. (at the time this fireback
Ben Franklin was an amasing American because he was:* a printer and businessman who created Poor Richard's Almanac* the inventor of the lightining rod and the Franklin stove* a community leader who started the first public library in America* a statesman who helped to gain our country's freedom from BritishThese are only a few ways in which Ben was amazing. This book tells you much more about him.