In 1903 Gimson established an acquaintance with the Sapperton blacksmith Alfred Bucknell who executed firedogs and other metal works from Gimson's designs.
cf. The Studio (Vol. 53), February-May 1908, p. 64 for a period illustration of the pierced and chased firedogs. See Jeremy Cooper, Victorian and Edwardian Decor: From the Gothic Revival to Art Nouveau, 1987, figs. 562-563 for an illustration of the model. Mary Comino, Gimson and the Barnsleys, 1980, p. 114, fig. 77 for an illustration of another example of pierced and chased wrought-iron firedogs, designed by Gimson and made in the Daneway smithy. Also see Comino, p. 114, fig. 78 for an illustration of a pencil drawing of a 17th century brass firedog at Haddon Hall, produced by Gimson in 1889, that is similar to the present example in design and form.