British ‘mayor’ seeks fireplace in Chicago
mayor of Barton is asking Chicagoans to check if their home fireplaces were ever owned by Queen Elizabeth I.
Martin Kirby, a newspaper columnist from Barton, England, who was awarded the
mayor title — an honorific Barton traditionally reserves for
the biggest fool in town — said the 500-year-old fireplace was last seen in 1907, when it was purchased for $1,200 by a Chicago collector, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.
Kirby said homeowners in Chicago should check their fireplaces for
a pretentious overmantel bearing the royal coat of arms, which features three lions surrounding a crown with the Latin phrase Semper Eadem, which translates to
always the same.
He said the fireplace adorned the queen’s bedroom in 1574.