Found locally in Berks County
This is a blacksmith made one-piece
hand forged antique wrought iron hearth cooking tool from the early to mid
1800's. Very long and heavy, it was used to place and remove food from
a bake oven.
These were used daily in American Colonial
times thru the 18th and 19th centuries, and in our area of the country many
homes still used the old bake oven buildings well into the 1920's. Many of
the rural Pennsylvania German and Amish farming communities here still made
all their own breads, cakes and pies at that time, and a peel was a very
This measures 46-3/4 inches from the
flat blade to the mushroom shaped end cap. It was made from one single
piece of iron that was hammered and worked into this shape by the blacksmith.
The broad flat blade measures 7" long
and 7-1/2" across and is just 1/16" in thickness at the end, becoming thicker
towards the beginning of the long handle. The handle is flattened at the
blade end. Towards the tip it was worked into a mushroom cap
The iron work shows a good patina
of age and use at the hearth with expected heat pitting at the blade
Still strong, no breaks or splits.
All one piece!
An Early Pennsylvania Cooking
Tool to add to your Collection!