2 Antique PA. German Potato
Cast Iron Open Hearth Cooking
These are antique potato rakes, from
a local Pennsylvania German estate here in Lancaster County,
Not used in the garden to harvest potatoes,
rather they were used at the hearth to rake potatoes out of the hot embers
of the fireplace after they had cooked. They are both German in origin
(American potato rakes had long handles).
Rudimentary in design with no decorative
effects, they are both good strong and sturdy one piece utensils. One
has a shallow curve to the blade and a very primitive shape to both the blade
and the handle. It is the earlier of the two, probably c.1820.
The other has a longer blade that is well curved and shaped like a spade.
That one is c.1850. Both of the potato rakes have short handles that
gives them good balance and a comfortable feel in the hand. Both are
good and heavy and in excellent condition with no damage to the metal.
12" long - 3" across the blade - 7"
12-3/4" long overall - 3-1/4" long
across the rake end - the handle is 6" in