Pierced & Etched
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Of great age, this early bed warming
pan is Pre Revolutionary War c.1750 and has been well cared for
over it's more than 250 years. The lid is etched and pierced.
Rare to find one that is this early, typically antique bed warming
pans that you find are from the Federal Period or later, and have turned
wood handles. To come across one that was in use during George Washington's
life time is a real find, and this one has a blacksmith made hand hammered
wrought iron handle and is still in good
The lid is made of brass and has a
punched and pierced decoration along with fine engraving of flowers with
heart shaped petals and tiny stars. The edge of the lid is wrapped
over a wrought iron ring. A folded brass flange forms part of the hinge
that attaches the lid to the pan, riveted through with hand hammered copper
rivets that can be seen on both the lid, the pan and the handle.
The pan is deep and made of hand hammered
brass. The top edge has a wide rim that folds over a flat wrought iron
collar ring that gave the pan strength when filled. Small rivets hold
the collar ring in place.
The heavy wrought iron handle displays
beautifully the work of the blacksmith with plenty of hammer marks and a
nice detail towards the hanging curl. Difficult to show the graceful overall
shape that the blacksmith carefully made to this handle, allowing the curled
end to hang close to the wall but affording greater depth for the
Size: length 45" - 13"
across the lid - 5" deep.
Still in extremely good condition.
The wrought iron handle is still tight to the pan and the hinge is
still strong holding the lid on properly.
It had been well used throughout its lifetime and
of course does have some condition issues.
Most significant, a blacksmith made repair to the base of the pan where the
brass had worn thin. An additional piece of brass was added and attached
with hand hammered copper rivets. this was done in the early 1800's
and had obviously continued to be used after this repair.
This repair and the splits to the metal
are not readily visable when this is displayed hanging on a wall.
Above image is the front of the handle
- below is the back
Below showing the repair on the interior
- Above the copper rivets holding the repair