Rare American Colonial
Early Cooking Utensil -
An Unusual 300 year old Salamander
From an important fine collection of
Pennsylvania German primitive cooking tools. A 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.
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
Very early, hand forged blacksmith
made salamanders dating back to the Early American Colonial Period are incredibly
rare to find.
This one is of museum quality, a rare
and unusual design, from circa 1710-1740.
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. It is in excellent condition with a fine original
This was made with great skill and
of course by a blacksmith that had an eye for making a cooking utensil that
was also handsome to look at rather than simply serviceable.
This particular salamander is a bit
more unusual than most. Overall it is quite heavy for it's small size,
it is 12-7/8" long and weighs 5.2 ounces. The blade is tiny, just 2"
x 2", and the handle is offset (raised by 1/2" at the blade end at the start
of the handle).
The most interesting feature though
is the unique deeply incised 'rayed' design on the back of the blade.
Maybe it had a practical use, to impress or 'brand' the design onto
the top of small parcels of food. Or perhaps it was simply the blacksmith
adding a touch of whimsey. Surely that would have been quite welcome
to the cook who used this lovely hand wrought tool 300 years
Just a charming 300 year old hand forged
It was formed from just one piece of
hand wrought iron by a blacksmith. The blade is heavy and flat and notched
out along the sides with an 'offset' step at the end of the blade. The
handle is rounded, has three incised lines at the middle of the handle and
ends with a tiny mushroom cap that is flattened at the very tip.
The unusual incised design and offset
style sets this early salamander apart, and with the added benefit of being
illustrated in one of the 'bibles' of early
Size: 12-7/8" long - The blade
measures 2" across and 2" long
A Charming salamander with a most unusual
Well proportioned and completly strong
In excellent condition retaining a
This is as usable today as it was more
than 300 years ago!