Antique Pennsylvania Forged
American Colonial Era
Open Hearth Cooking
From a local Lancaster County Pennsylvania
estate, an early Wrought Iron Hearth
The counties of Lancaster, Lebanon
and Berks here in our area of Pennsylvania produced some of the best early
ironware in the 1700's and early 1800's. At that time there were more
working forges (furnaces) in this area of PA. than any where in New England.
This hand wrought hanging iron griddle was made here in Pennsylvania
between 1750 and 1800.
A large single arm hanging griddle
with trammel ring. This type of griddle was suspended over the open
hearth fire off of a crane or trammel by the trammel ring at the
An early and rare Colonial Period single
arm hanging griddle it was made circa 1750-1800. Typically single arm
griddles of this type had the suspension arm riveted to the griddle plate.
The blacksmith that made this one designed it to make use of just one
single piece of forged iron, fashioning the arm and the support in one.
The curved suspension arm continues through the small rectangular opening
in the griddle plate, hammered by the blacksmith and shaped into a right
angle and split in two becoming the support for the griddle on the underside.
The griddle plate was made by the early
'puddle cast' technique, molten iron was poured into a circular sand mold
on the floor and left to cool, leaving no gate
Very heavy and strong it weighs 12-lbs.
and 3 ounces. It's a good large size measuring 15-3/4" high to the
top of the trammel ring and 13-3/4" from the back of the arm to the
front of the griddle plate and 12-3/4" across the griddle plate. The wrought
iron suspension arm measures 1-1/4" x 1/2" at the bottom where it passes
through the griddle plate.
The griddle plate is 1/4" thick.
So you can understand just how very
large this hanging griddle is, we show it in one of our images with a large
cast iron bean pot.
That pot is available in another of
our listings, it is not included in this
Weighs 12-lbs. 3
The griddle measures 12-3/4" across
and is 1/4" thick
Shows fabulous use at the hearth with
the heat pitting overall.
Some minor rust. No breaks in
Still Very Strong &