Vintage Brass Club Fender.
A wonderful club fender with an open front, square brass uprights and brass base. The upholstered leather seat is 6 inches wide with the measurements inside the seat being 31 inches wide and 7 inches deep.
The idea with the open front of the fender is to retain access to the fire and to allow more heat to escape into the room. With a fender you add an extra dimension to a fireplace by providing more seating.
Fenders were all the rage in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and were found in Gentleman's Clubs, libraries and billiard rooms of country houses.