An antique sheet iron bird roaster.
Found here in Berks County Pennsylvania this is from the later part
of the 1700's or very early 1800's. Meant for cooking small game birds
or fish this tin reflector oven has two lines of hooks, two at the top and
four below. The meat was held on the hooks and heat was reflected on to it
from the fire of the open hearth. Juices were caught in the fenced bottom
drip pan. It has a good deep handle at the back.
The oven was made from three pieces
of sheet iron, the edges of the tin were bent over a heavy wire for added
stability and rounded so there were no sharp edges. The 6 hooks were
attached thru the front with flanges and soldered in place. The wide
handle was made in the same manner with the edges folded over a heavy wire
and soldered in place.
A near identical reflector oven can
be found in George Neumann's book, Early American Antique Country Furnishings
on page 188, item
Size: 11-1/2" across - 8-3/4"
high - 7" deep (front to back) including handle
No breaks in the metal. Some
rust. A small dent to the front of the drip