Antique Museum Quality

Rare American Colonial Era

Hand Wrought

Long Handled

Pastry Salamander

Early Cooking Utensil - c.1680-1710

Lancaster County Pennsylvania


DESCRIPTION 

An Exquisite Salamander more than 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 1680-1710.  

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 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.  

We think this particuar salamander was used primarily for toasting and browning small pastries and caramelizing desserts. It has a very refined elegant appearance and is thinner and smaller than salamanders used to brown meats.  Perhaps it was made as a wedding gift, it is esthetically pleasing and  still quite functional.

Just a gorgeous 300 year old hand forged cooking tool.  

It was formed from just one piece of hand wrought iron by a blacksmith. The blade is very thin and flat and notched out at the back, giving this early salamander a very distinctive look.  The handle continues flat, then becomes rounded, and finally flattened out again at the tip with additional notching and a hanging hole.   

This elegant design sets this early salamander apart, and with the added benefit of being illustrated in one of the 'bibles' of early Americana. 

 

Size:  18" long - The blade measures 2-3/8" across and 2-1/8" long 

An exquisite salamander with a most graceful 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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