With some better weather and a lull in our “normal” drama, we’re beginning to work on the bungalow. So much to do so little time but we need to get moved and begin working on the Horner House again. In the meantime, we’ve been doing a little research on some of the more historic interior aspects.
We’ve mentioned the many fireplaces at the Horner House several times. The fireplaces appear to have been coal burning rather than wood burning due to the small fireboxes and the metal surround. All of them except for in the dining room have the same type of tile on the surround and on the hearth. This tile is very similar to the fireplace tile in the early 1900’s house my parents lived in for years.
To date, everyone has made the assumption that this tile is not original to the house and was likely installed after 1900. I have looked at hundreds of websites for information on the tile without success. To date, we have not been able to find any books or reference material on how to date old tile. I thought maybe some of you might have some ideas on where we could find some concrete information on dating the tile.
Here’s what it looks like, a combination of green, tan & brown oblong glazed tile.
Does anyone know of a resource, a book, an expert, a website, or anywhere else we might be able to find more information?