If you love early cast iron cooking
utensils, you will truly fall in love with this wonderful antique Dutch Oven
made circa 1840. It weighs an amazing 15-1/2 lbs. and retains
the original lid with the raised name of the firm that made it; Conklin,
Willis & Company of Baltimore, Maryland.
The lid has a very high raised edge
and deep inner flange for a good tight fit. Gate mark on the interior of
the lid and very worn gate mark on underside of the pot. Two curved handles
at either side of the pot.
Quite a large size, a full 11-1/4"
across. This type of Dutch Oven was able to be used resting on the
floor of the hearth with embers from the fire heaped upon the deep raised
sides of the lid and pushed up alongside of the body to help bake the food.
It was also used suspended from forged iron tongs on a crane or trammel
over the open hearth fire to cook soups and stews that needed stirring.
(We have a beautiful pair of those early tong handles available separately
in our store).
This had plenty of use at the hearth
as you can see from the heat pitting on the lid, base and the interior, but
it still displays handsomely, no damage, no cracks or breaks.
Untouched, it's original patina is
still in tact.
11-1/4" across - 6" high -
A little about the company CONKLIN,
WILLIS & CO. :
We found little information about
when the company was formed. The founders of the company, D.E. CONKLIN
& Z.L.C. WILLIS have several mentions in various trade journals. There
is a fair amount of information available on the internet about Z.L.C. Willis
however, he was in addition to being a founding member of the firm producing
cast iron cooking utensils, a well known tobacco merchant of Baltimore. He
was a Captain in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, the 19th Heavy
Artillery Battalion defending Richmond. He passed away in April of
Overall in Excellent Condition.
No breaks in the ironwork.
The Dutch Oven shows a fabulous
of age and use at the hearth with
expected heat pitting and some