I recently purchased a 1902 Craftsman and the original fireplace Mantle was disassembled by the previous owners who say they had removed it because they planned on stripping it and bringing back the original finish. As you can see they never finished the project.
I currently just want to get the Mantle reassembled and placed back on the wall but have no clue on how to actually do so the correct way.
Are the fittings and mantle top nailed in place somehow?
I never plan on using this fireplace so I'm not worried about future fire hazards.