The counties of Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks here in our area
of Pennsylvania produced some of the best early ironware in the 1700's and
early 1800's. At that time there were more working forges (furnaces) in this
area of PA. than any where in New England.
From a local Lancaster County Pennsylvania estate, here's a
very early Cast Iron Skillet. Used at an open hearth, it has three short
splayed legs, high sides, a flat bottom and a long handle and was cast in
one piece. A good long rough and worn gate mark on the base of the bowl provides
clear evidence of it's very early age.
Very heavy this weighs 8-lbs.
This had plenty of use at the hearth for many years as you can
see from the heat pitting overall. And there is expected wear to the feet.
It still displays handsomely. Untouched, we left it just as found. It's original
patina is still in tact. A good and handsome original American Colonial Period
cast iron cooking utensil ... perfect for your collection!
21-1/4" long - 11-1/2" across the pan - 4-1/2"
Overall in Excellent Condition. No breaks in the ironwork.
Shows a fabulous patina of age and use at the hearth
with expected heat pitting and some rust.