Rare Antique Pennsylvania
Primitive Hearth Cooking
- Colonial Era
Scottish Broiler -
Late 1700's to Early
A Primitive Early Hearth Broiler -
A wonderful primitive hearth cooking
tool, and a rare form. These broiler/toasters were a necessary piece
of cooking equipment in the times preceeding the cooking stove. They were
made in different forms, some were round and meant to sit flat (horizontal)
and rotated, that type is refered to as Whirling Broiler. Another form
was upright (vertical) had an easel back and they are called Scotch Broilers
or Branders, since this type of broiler originated in the United Kingdom.
The late Pat Guthmann often had many of these beautiful early broilers
displayed in her shop in Southport Conn.. Many images from the Guthmann
Collection of broilers can be seen on page 566/567 of Linda Campbell Franklin's
fine book, '300 Years of Kitchen Collectibles'.
This fine hand wrought primitive ironwork
broiler was found locally in Lancaster County,
This one is from the Colonial Period,
an American Forged Iron Broiler dating to the Late 1700's or very Early 1800's.
It is Blacksmith made hand-wrought iron work and a real beauty. Besides
being so very rare to come across such an early hearth cooking item from
the Colonial Era, this is a truly special form and certainly of Museum Quality
with wonderful heart shapes and retaining the original horizontal locking
arm for the easel back.
The food to be cooked on a broiler
of this type was draped over the face of the broiler. The face of the
broiler was then positioned near the heat of the open fire and the easel
leg was moved forward or back to tilt the meat closer or further away from
the flame and heat as needed.
There are two legs to the front supported
by an easel leg to the back. The easel leg is attached at the
back of the broiler forming a hinge. The easel leg has a deep arch
and a wonderful spiral twist ending in a handsome split forked foot. A
fine display of the blacksmiths skill!
The broiler face is good and large
and allowed for a substantial cooking surface. The hinged easel leg
made it easy to re-position the broiler in a more upright position or tilted
back away from the heat. And the good long length of the easel leg
( nearly 20" in length) helped keep the leg from becoming to
The face of the broiler has four
beautifully fashioned heart shapes held by hammered rivets in an upright
The broiler stands evenly, the easel
leg supports it properly, it is sturdy and strong with no looseness.
The easel leg moves freely and is still
strong at the hinge.
The locking bar that holds the easel
leg in place is also strong and sturdy. Quite rare to find this part
still in place !
Weight is 6-1/2 lbs.
Broiler Face is 15-3/4" high -
Easel Leg is 19-1/2" long - "Forked"
foot is 2-1/2" across
Horizontal Locking Mechanism is 10-1/2"
Great Condition ... No weakness
to the metal.
The iron work shows a fabulous patina
of age and use at the hearth
with expected heat pitting and