Antique Museum Quality

Rare American Colonial Era

Hand Wrought


Early Cooking Utensil - c.1710-1740

Lancaster County Pennsylvania


An Exquisite Salamander nearly 300 years old!  

From an important fine collection of Pennsylvania German primitive cooking tools.  A truly rare find.  This salamander was used as an illustration in George Neumann's book 'Early American Antique Country Furnishings' and can be seen on page 206, item #901.  Not just one that looks similar to the one illustrated, or near identical, but the exact item shown in the illustration of this book.  We've been fortunate in acquirng several other rare early Colonial American items from this same collection that were also used in illustrating this book, they will be listed for sale here on our website soon.

Very early, hand forged blacksmith made salamanders dating back to the Early American Colonial Period are incredibly rare to find.  

This one is truly of museum quality, a rare and unusual design,  from circa 1730.  

This was used in Colonial America at an open hearth fireplace.  Salamanders were used to brown meat and pastry. The blade end was heated to red hot and then pressed against the sides of the food.   These were also used as turners or spatulas, good and heavy and strong.  The long handle enabled the cook to keep well away from the intense heat and flame of the fire.  It is in excellent condition with a fine original patina. 


This is the most beautiful salamander that we have ever offered.   Our images just can't do this justice.  Needs to be in your own hands to appreciate the skill and craftsmanship that the blacksmith used in creating this masterpiece.  Beautiful tooling along the handle and well shaped blade.  Far more than a simple serviceable cooking tool from the Colonial Era in America, this is an extraordinary and quite special piece.

Formed from just one single piece of hand wrought iron, the blade is large and wide with a straight edge at the very front.  Slightly bowled and rounded at the sides the blade has a fine double notched design on either side of the handle.  The long handle is both squared and rounded with deeply incised tooled decorations. Wonderful to hold in your hand, with great weight and still well balanced.  The handle ends in a large mushroom cap for hanging.

Just a gorgeous near 300 year old hand forged cooking tool, with the added benefit of being illustrated in one of the 'bibles' of early Americana.

Size:  15" long - The blade measures 4-1/4" across and 3-1/2" long.  Very heavy, this salamander weigh 1-lb 4ounces.

An exceptional salamander of an impressive size.  

Well designed and decorated, and completly strong and sturdy.

In excellent condition retaining a handsome patina.  

This is as usable today as it was nearly 300 years ago!

Museum Quality

Hand Forged Iron

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