A PAIR OF CAST IRON WYVERN FIREDOGS

A PAIR OF CAST IRON WYVERN FIREDOGS

c. 1870 England

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A pair of facing cast iron Wyvern resting on rocks and a stepped base with the foundry stamps. F.A.LAWTON SANDBACH

A wyvern or wivern is a legendary winged creature with a dragon's head, reptilian body, two legs (sometimes none), and a barbed tail. The wyvern is found in heraldry.

The wyvern (and its 'cousin' the four-legged dragon) is a frequent heraldic device on British coats of arms and flags, and a fairly popular commercial logo or mascot as well, especially in Wales and what was once the West Country Kingdom of Wessex, but also farther afield in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, as the rivers Wye and Severn run through Hereford and Worcester respectively. For example, a local school travel company is called Wyvern Schooltours Ltd and one of the local radio stations is called Wyvern FM.[5][6] Vauxhall Motors had a model in its range in the 1950s called the Wyvern. The Westland Wyvern was a British single-seat carrier-based multi-role strike aircraft built by Westland Aircraft that served in the 1950s, seeing active service in the 1956 Suez Crisis.

The wyvern is a frequent mascot of athletic teams, colleges and universities, particularly in the United Kingdom and the United States, and is the mascot of the Korean Baseball Organization team SK Wyverns, established in 2000. The Wyvern is the symbol of, or is used in the crest of, Wesley College, Dublin, Magdalene College, Cambridge, the Dragon School, Oxford, and Woodbridge College in Woodbridge, Ontario, and wyverns appear as both supporters in the arms of Leyton Orient F.C., one of London's oldest professional football clubs. Similarly, a wyvern is the crest of Newington College in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and is the symbol of the Trinity Residents' Club in Perth, Western Australia. It is employed, too, by The LLVM Compiler Infrastructure and is also the background logo for BackTrack Linux.[7][8][9] A wyvern is also found on the crest of the Anglo-Chinese School which is located in Singapore and Jakarta.
Dimensions
Height 71.00 cm (27.95 inches)
Width 41.00 cm (16.14 inches)
Depth 25.00 cm (9.84 inches)
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Tarquin Bilgen
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