An Antique Pennsylvania

Cast & Forged Iron Hearth Utensil

-  Large Ball Shaped Water Kettle  -

c.1750 -1800

A Rare Primitive Beauty!


From a local Lancaster County Pennsylvania estate,

a very early Cast & Wrought Iron Hearth Water Kettle.

The counties of Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks here in our area of Pennsylvania produced some of the best early ironware in the 1700's and early 1800's.  At that time there were more working forges (furnaces) in this area of PA. than any where in New England.  This kettle was made here in Pennsylvania between 1720 and 1780.

The shape is rarely seen, there are few surviving kettles of this age that come onto the market.  This is from the Colonial Era, c.1750 to early 1800.  A footed ball shaped water kettle in three mold casting form with gooseneck spout. The mold lines are clearly visible around the body of the kettle.  On the underside of the body there is a long unpolished gate mark.  The round knob on the slightly domed lid was made in a one piece mold with the lid.  The underside of the lid has rasied markings reading: 6-1/2 PT No1 .  Good tight fitting lid with flange. The kettle has three short legs, each showing good wear. The goose neck spout is in fine condition with no damage.  The swing handle is hand wrought, hammered iron and was fitted through the cast holders on either side of the kettle, made with little turned up hooks to hold it securely.  This is a very heavy kettle, weighs 11-1/2 lbs.


Very Good condition.  Untouched, the old patina is still intact.  This has not been cleaned.  There is interior and exterior rust.  No repairs, no damage.  This had plenty of use at the hearth as you can see from the heat pitting, but it still displays handsomely.  


13-1/2" high with the handle fully extended - 9-1/2" high to the top of the lid

12-1/2" across spout to handle  -  9-1/2" wide

Weighs 11-1/2 lbs.

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