A Rare Antique Pennsylvania Forged Iron

Primitive Hearth Cooking Tool

-  Rotating Whirling Gridiron Broiler -

American Colonial / Revolutionary War Era

1750 to 1800


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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 broilers.

If you're a collector or a dealer that prefers the very early iron utensils then here's a real beauty for you.

A handsome handwrought iron hearth cooking tool made well more than 200 years ago.

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 looseness.

An amazing and beautiful antique 1700's hearth cooking utensil, one that you will delight in owning.

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 Rare Beauty!

Weight is 3 lbs. 11 ounces.

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 light rust.

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