July 27, 2009
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.
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.