An Antique 

Cast Iron Dutch Oven c.1840

- Open Hearth Cooking Utensil -

Conklin, Willis & Co.

 of Baltimore, Maryland

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DESCRIPTION

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.

Size:

11-1/4" across  - 6" high  - 15-1/2 lbs.


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 1883.  


CONDITION  

Overall in Excellent Condition.  

No breaks in the ironwork.  

The Dutch Oven shows a fabulous patina 

of age and use at the hearth with

expected heat pitting and some rust.

























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