Rare American Colonial
Early Cooking Utensil -
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.
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 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
Just a gorgeous 300 year old hand forged
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
Well proportioned and completly strong
In excellent condition retaining a
This is as usable today as it was more
than 300 years ago!