Antique Pennsylvania Tinware

Bird Roaster  - Reflector Oven



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 #824. 

Size:  11-1/2" across - 8-3/4" high - 7" deep (front to back) including handle


Very Good Condition.

No breaks in the metal.  Some rust.  A small dent to the front of the drip pan.

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