Antique Colonial Period Open Hearth Fireplace

'KEYHOLE'  or  'KEY WAY' Trammel

Pennsylvania Forged Iron

Circa Mid to Late 1700's

- 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 eye.

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 tool.

Total Weight 4-lbs. 12ounces.

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 1-1/2"


Overall in Excellent Condition.

Shows good evidence of use at the hearth

Still strong and Sturdy!




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