fireplace lintel

fireplace lintel

A horizontal structural member that supports the weight of the wall above a fireplace opening; same as manteltree. If wood, it is often plastered to increase its fire resistance; if metal, it is usually called a chimney bar.
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These 'museum' pieces include the carved stone heads beneath a fireplace lintel in a first floor room, thought to have been re-used from an earlier building.
Many of its details were unique, such as the two Lake Superior steamship keels used as fireplace lintels.