Antique Late 18th - Early 19th Century Cooking Utensil

Pierced Copper and Wrought Iron


Found in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania


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 weight.

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

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