Antique Pennsylvania Forged
Hearth Oven Cooking Tool
A Rare Wrought Iron &
Oak Handled Peel
Found locally in Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, an early Hearth Cooking
A hand wrought hearth cooking tool
from the early 1800's, a long bakers peel. Used to place and remove
food from a baking oven, these were used daily in Colonial times and thru
the 18th and early to mid 19th century before more modern types of ovens
were in use.
This was blacksmith made, a hand forged
wrought iron utensil circa 1820's.
An unusual one with a very large round
and extremely thin blade attached by two hammered rivets to a wrought iron
sleeve that holds the original long oak handle. The sleeve is joined to the
handle with one large hammered rivet. The large flat round shape of
the blade may have also served as a salamader to help brown or toast surfaces
of roasts or pastry.
The blade is very thin, a bare 1/16"
and is very strong, no breaks or splits.
The size of the blade alone is 10"
across and 10-1/2" long
The blade and the shaft together measure
Total overall length with the oak handle
The iron work shows a good patina of
age and use at the hearth with expected heat
The oak handle is original, the large
hand hammered rivet is still in place. There are of course some shrinkage
lines in the wood of the handle from age, but nothing is loose all in good
strong condition. The handle has a handsome patina, beautifully polished
and smooth to the touch.
An Early 1800's Pennsylvania Hearth
Cooking Tool to add to your Collection!