icon for Home page
icon for Kid's Home page
icon for Digital Collection
icon for Activities
icon for Turns Exhibit
icon for In the Classroom
icon for Chronologies
icon for My Collection

Online Collection

(c) Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield MA. All rights reserved.
Contact us for information about using this image.

label levels:

A cast-iron pot like this was designed for use in a fireplace. The cook could hang it over the fire from a lug-pole or a crane, or could set it over coals raked forward onto the hearth that acted as a burner. The three feet raised the pot from the hearth and preventd the coals from being snuffed out while cooking was taking place. The lid prevented ash from getting into the food and kept the heat in so the food would cook more quickly. Its ability to maintain an even heat offset the inconvenience of cooking in heavy cast iron. Fireplace cookware like this pot became obsolete as cook-stoves began to replace fireplaces in the mid-19th century.


top of page

Lidded Hanging Pot

creator   Unidentified
date   1700-1799
location   Unknown
height   5.5"
diameter   7.0"
process/materials   wrought iron
item type   Household Goods/Food Processing Tools & Equipment
accession #   #1999.13.509

Look Closer icon My Collection icon Detailed info icon

ecard icon Send an e-Postcard of this object

See Also...

Toasting iron

Bake Kettle

Pot Hook

Pot Hooks/Adjustable Trammels

button for Side by Side Viewingbutton for Glossarybutton for Printing Helpbutton for How to Read Old Documents


Home | Online Collection | Things To Do | Turns Exhibit | Classroom | Chronologies | My Collection
About This Site | Site Index | Site Search | Feedback