Antique Pennsylvania Cast
Open Hearth Cooking
- Early DUTCH OVEN with
TRAMMEL RING -
From a local Lancaster County Pennsylvania
estate, a 1700's Cast Iron Hanging Dutch
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 anywhere in New England.
This grand size DUTCH OVEN is a wonderful example of an early Pennsylvania
open hearth cooking utensil and this one is truly special having a wrought
iron handle with trammel ring.
If you love early iron cooking utensils,
you will fall in love with this piece. When you run your hands over
this early dutch oven you can feel that fabulous bumpy surface, a delight
to any lover of old pots and kettles. Unlike the modern day methods
where the casting is smooth and flat this has a feel that cannot be duplicated,
putting you in touch with all the history of the pioneers of our country,
cooking over campfires and in early open hearths.
A wonderful example of an early
Pennsylvania Cast Iron cooking utensil that has survived for well more than
This Dutch Oven has a lid with a high
raised edge. Both the lid and the pot have a long gate mark dating
this antique DUTCH OVEN back to the mid 1700's.
Quite a large size, a full 13" across
the rim of the pot. This type of Dutch Oven was able to be used resting
upon the three legs on the floor of the hearth with embers from the fire
heaped upon the the lid and pushed up alongside the body to help bake foods.
It was also used suspended from the trammel ring at the top of the
heavy forged iron bail handle on a crane or trammel over the open fire to
cook soups and stews that needed stirring.
With the handle fully extended the
overall height of the pot is 17-1/2". The pot alone is 6" high to the
top of the rim.
This is a very big heavy Dutch Oven,
it weighs 23-lbs.
This had plenty of use at the hearth
or campfire and it does have it's battle scars. There is an old repair to
the lid (a short line starting at the lid edge going in about 3 inchs on
either side of the lid), but it obviously continued to be used for many years
since there is plenty of heat pitting from the fire that can be seen overall.
Untouched, it's original patina is
still in tact.
17-1/2" high with handle fully extended
- 6" high to top of the pot rim - 13"
The Dutch Oven shows a fabulous patina
of age and use at the hearth with
expected heat pitting and some
Slight line in two places at edge of