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Rare Antique Pennsylvania Forged Iron

Primitive Hearth Cooking Tool

-  Colonial Era Scottish Broiler -

Late 1700's to Early 1800


A Primitive Early Hearth Broiler - c.1760 -1800

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, Pennsylvania. 

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 hot. 

The face of the broiler has four beautifully fashioned heart shapes held by hammered rivets in an upright circular frame.

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 -  15-1/2" across

Easel Leg is 19-1/2" long - "Forked" foot is 2-1/2" across

Horizontal Locking Mechanism is 10-1/2" long



Great Condition ...  No weakness to the metal.

Plenty of wear. 

The iron work shows a fabulous patina of age and use at the hearth

with expected heat pitting and rust.

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