Over the mantelpiece, that was Henry Irving, the 19th-century actor-manager who was the first English actor to be knighted.
And she said, “No, you are on fire,” and my arm had caught on fire from a candle on this mantelpiece.
"Sadly he ran into the wrong people and he is now on someone's mantelpiece somewhere probably," he said.
c.1200, "short, loose, sleeveless cloak," variant of mantle (q.v.). Sense of "movable shelter for soldiers besieging a fort" is from 1520s. Meaning "timber or stone supporting masonry above a fireplace" first recorded 1510s, a shortened form of Middle English mantiltre "mantletree" (late 15c.).