Antique Museum Quality

Rare American Colonial Era

Hand Wrought

Long Handled Salamander

Early Cooking Utensil - c.1740

Lancaster County Pennsylvania


From an important  fine collection of Pennsylvania German primitive cooking tools.  An Extraordinary Salamander!  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 to mid 1700's American Colonial Period are incredibly rare to find.  This one is truly of museum quality, a rare and unusual design,  from circa 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.  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. 

Formed from just one piece of hand wrought iron by a blacksmith.  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 servicable.  Esthetically pleasing and functional, just a gorgeous early hand forged cooking tool.  

The blade of the salamander is thin, flat and wide.   The blacksmith formed the begining of the handle at the blade end into an arrow shape on either side of the blade.  The handle is chamferred up to the mid-section of the handle where it is tooled with a double line and then becomes rounded to the very tip that is fashioned as a pointed cap with additional tooling.  A truly beautiful design that sets this early salamander apart, and with the added benefit of being illustrated in one of the 'bibles' of early Americana. 


Size:  17" long - The blade measures 3" across and 2-7/8" long 

A good heavy utensil.

In excellent condition retaining a handsome patina.  

A little roughness on one side of the blade to the left of the arrow.

This is as usable today as it was more than 250 years ago!

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