Antique Late 18th - Early
19th Century Cooking Utensil
Pierced Copper and Wrought
Found in Lancaster County,
From Lancaster County Pennsylvania.
We found this here where we live, in
the heart of Pennsylvania Dutchland in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. This
is a skimmer/strainer, it had many uses for cooking at an open hearth fireplace.
It was used to lift solid pieces of food out of pots that contained
liquids and to skim grease or scum from a simmering pot. It was blacksmith
made, and is very strong, able to hold a good
The pierced 6-1/2" x 6" wide flat pan
is made of thick solid copper. There are two large hammered copper
rivets that attach the pan to the long wrought iron handle. The handle
was made with a 45 degree angle to the pan enabling a better grip for lifting
heavy pieces of food from a pot. The iron work that holds the rivets
extends 1-1/2" up on to the back of the pan. The handle has a handsome
shepherds crook curl for hanging and shows the fine blacksmith's hand hammering
overall. Similar Pennsylvania made brass skimmers from this same period of
1750 to 1840 can be found in the George C. Neumann book 'Early American Antique
Country Furnishings' on page 202.
In very good condition. Still
usable today ! Good heavy copper with no breaks or splits. The
wrought iron shows wonderful hand hammering and great age. The large
hammered copper rivets are tight and strong holding the handle securely with
no looseness at all.
SIZE: 21" long - pan is 6-1/2"
x 6" across