Primitive Antique

Rare American Colonial Era

Hand Wrought


Early Cooking Utensil  c.1680-1710

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania


A very primitive 300 year old Salamander !

From an important fine collection of Pennsylvania German primitive cooking tools. A rare find.

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

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.

This salamander came from the same collection as the others that we have sold in the past several weeks. Those salamanders were illustrated in the George Neumann book. (see our recent sold items). This one was not illustrated in the book. It is the earliest and the most primitive.

It was formed from just one piece of hand wrought iron by a blacksmith. The blade is round heavy and flat. The handle was shaped with a slight lift at the center, making it easier to pick up from a flat surface. The handle ends with a tiny mushroom cap.

It is in excellent condition with a fine original patina.

Good and heavy it weighs 10 ounces. It is 15" long and and the blade is 3" across and 3" long.

Very primitive and completely strong and sturdy.

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

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