Antique Museum Quality

Rare American Colonial Era

Hand Wrought

* Offset Handle*


Early Cooking Utensil - c.1710-1740

Lancaster County Pennsylvania


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.  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 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 patina. 

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 ago.

Just a charming 300 year old hand forged cooking tool.  

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 Americana. 


Size:  12-7/8" long - The blade measures 2" across and 2" long 

A Charming salamander with a most unusual incised design.  

Well proportioned and completly strong and sturdy.

In excellent condition retaining a handsome patina.  

This is as usable today as it was more than 300 years ago!

Museum Quality

Hand Forged Iron

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