A Rare Antique Pennsylvania
Primitive Hearth Cooking
- Rotating Whirling
Gridiron Broiler -
American Colonial / Revolutionary
Early Whirling Gridiron Hearth Broiler
c.1750 - 1800
This primitive broiler was found locally
in Lancaster County, Pa. and is from the mid 1700's to Early 1800's.
It is Blacksmith made hand-wrought
iron work and a real beauty.
You can still find many antique blacksmith
made gridirons ... but most that you come across are from the mid to late
1800's. The basic form did not change very much, and the need for these cooking
utensils remained in rural America well into the late 19th century since
many folks still used the hearth for cooking.
However, true early Rotating Whirling
Broilers are rare to find. A close inspection of Colonial Era Broilers
will show the evidence of considerable years of use at the hearth, and early
construction methods not seen on later gridiron
If you're a collector or a dealer that
prefers the very early iron utensils then here's a real beauty for
A handsome handwrought iron hearth
cooking tool made well more than 200 years
A finely fashioned handle that is well
balanced with a beautiful heart shaped curl at the very end. The handle
has an offset shape as it extends towards the center of the grid. The front
legs were fashioned from one piece of iron, hammered and bent into the curving
shape. The back leg support is peened into the handle at the top.
The grid is 13" across and has 9 bars. The broiler grid pivots
upon a rivet hammered through the center where it connects the handle, the
front legs and the broiler grid allowing the grid to rotate freely
above the leg supports. The broiler stands evenly, the grid rotates
properly, it is sturdy and strong with no
An amazing and beautiful antique 1700's
hearth cooking utensil, one that you will delight in
Please, take the time to view all of
our images. We have provided good detailed pictures so you can clearly
see the age and wear of this very early American Colonial Gridiron ... a
Weight is 3 lbs. 11
Size: 29-1/4" length - 13"
across x 4" high
Excellent Condition ... No weakness
to the metal, no breaks or splits.
The iron work shows a good patina of
age and use at the hearth
with expected heat pitting and some