The pole screen is a small screen that is supported on a tall slender poll with a tripod (three legged) base. It is used by women to protect their complexion from the heat of a fire such as a fireplace. The design on this pole screen is of an Irish warrior and the tripod base is composed of three busts of helmeted heads.
The Art Journal The Industry of All Nations Illustrated Catalogue (London, England: Bradbury and Evans, 1851)
Courtesy the private collection of Roy Winkelman