Antique Colonial Period Open
'KEYHOLE' or 'KEY
Pennsylvania Forged Iron
Circa Mid to Late
- Rare Museum Quality
A superb open hearth fireplace trammel
from America's Colonial Period, mid to late 1700's.
This type of trammel is called a 'Plate
and Key Way Adjusting Kettle Trammel'. We refer to it as a 'Keyhole'
trammel for obvious reasons, the adjusting holes are shaped like keyholes.
It is an absolutely beautiful piece of Early American wrought iron
work. The blacksmith that made this certainly had a creative
The long and elegantly shaped tapered
rod hanger has 8 keyhole openings and would hang from the lug pole in the
fireplace. The separate kettle hook inserts into any of the keyholes.
It is also handsomely designed with a good hook end and double ball
tipped hooks in two sizes, the bottom one being quite wide and well shaped
to handle a heavy kettle. Pennsylvania blacksmiths of this era often
added just that little extra bit of skill and charm to their work and this
one is truly a fine example!
The trammel was meant for using in
a large open hearth since it adjusts from a closed size of 34" to the
full length of 47".
This is a rare piece and in excellent
condition, a true MUSEUM QUALITY open hearth cooking
Total Weight 4-lbs.
Size closed 34" - fully
extended it is 47" long - 2-1/2" across the top hook - 3-3/4" across the
widest part of the rod hanger, tapering down to
Overall in Excellent
Shows good evidence of use at the
Still strong and
CLOSED & FULLY OPENED