With the warmth of the season, the staff and volunteers at the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum are thinking about family and friends from past and present holidays as they prepare for a new year and upcoming exhibits. In keeping with the spirit of this time of year, recently one of our curators photographed a set of handmade andirons from the museum’s collection. Also known as fire dogs and usually made from metal, andirons have been in existence since at least as early as the 17th century B.C. during the Bronze Age, and are used to support firewood in a hearth.
This set of andirons forged of iron and bronze showcases both the CEC and Seabee logos; meant to symbolize the mutual friendship that existed between and the admiration in which Rear Admiral Alexander C. Husband, CEC, USN held while Commanding Officer of the Seabee Center at Davisville. The fire dogs were hand made by his secretary’s spouse and gifted by his secretary and her spouse to the Rear Admiral during his farewell visit to the Davisiville when he retired as Commander of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Washington D.C. and also as Chief of Navy Civil Engineers in 1969.
As shown on the hammered and anchor shaped andirons, the Naval service of Rear Admiral Alexander C. Husband, CEC, USN spanned 38 years from 1931-1969. The set of andirons helped warm the Rear Admiral’s home in Connecticut for many years. May the warmth of the season be yours whether your home or away from home.
Happy Holidays, from the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum!
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