An Antique Cast Iron

Scottish Hanging Skillet/Griddle

  Carron Iron Works, Falkirk, Scotland - Circa 1840

Full Bail Handle with Pouring Lip


Purchased from a local Lancaster County Pennsylvania estate, this was part of a major collection of early cast iron hearth utensils.

This unusual hanging pan originated in Falkirk Scotland in the early 1800's and was made by the Carron Iron Works. Used at an open hearth, it has a full bail handle riveted at the sides. One side of the handle has a wide divide and is riveted along either side of the generous pouring spout. The top of the bail handle has a wide hanging ring that swivels allowing it to be hung on a trammel over the fire.

Very functional, this had so many uses, deep enough to bake in with the sides being 2" high, and certainly perfect for frying with the unusual pouring spout.

Impressed with the FALKIRK name on the underside..

The Carron ironworks opened at Falkirk in 1759.  Using local iron ore and coal the Carron Company quickly developed a reputation for high quality cast iron and by the end of the 18th century Carron was the largest ironworks in Scotland.  Besides making a wide range of cast iron hearth utensils for cooking, the Carron Ironworks produced cannons. The most famous of all their cannons was the "Carronade", a cross between a cannon and a mortar .  It was used to deadly effect by the Royal Navy.  In fact the first gun fired by HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalagar was a ‘carronade’ cast by the Carron Company.

Good and heavy the hanging skillet/griddle weighs 4-1/2-lbs.

This had plenty of use at the hearth for many years as you can see from the heat pitting overall.

Untouched, we left it just as found. It's original patina is still in tact, some rust visable to the interior and exterior.

A good and handsome original early 1800's cast iron cooking utensil ... perfect for your collection!


9-3/4" across the base

11" across the rim of the sides

11" high to the top of the hanging ring



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.

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