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This is an English made bowl shaped kettle with a lid. I do not believe this to be a marriage of pieces, as I know of at least three found with exactly this same pairing, all with the marked bowls which say “Made in England”. Odds are that this was an export piece and because of the three leaf clover design, I think it was likely made by Swain, who produced iron cookware from at least 1840-to WW I. I have no evidence that they made cookware after that time, but apparently they continued on until at least the 1950s as the Railroad Foundry (A name that suggests they switched over to making railroad products). But Swain used the three leaf clover design on all of their cookware that I’ve seen. There is a stamp, that looks like it probably had either the size or the manufacturer name on it, in the plaque/cartouche style on the other side but it is not readable.
The kettle looks lot like what we’d call a scotch bowl but with no rim, ring, or large flat base to make it steady on a flat surface (although it does stand upright), or hold it in place in s stove eye, like similar American made pieces. Instead the design is very precise and elegant. It stands straight on a very narrow, curve of the bottom, and would fit inside a stove eye of certain diameter. I think this would work well on a gas range, but would be a little too treacherous. Neither piece is gate marked on the bottom suggesting the casting was made after 1900 (several others of these lids I have seen are gated, so it suggests this design was used for a fair while).
Marked: “Made in England” the Eng in England is hard to read, but having seen others of this type I can verify that it says England, not Finland. The cartouche on the other side has been clear in not a single piece I’ve seen. So what it said is up in the air.
8” 3/4 diameter ~ 4” deep
Cleaned via lye method, hand buffed and seasoned with 3 layers of non-GMO canola oil.
No cracks, chips, not a piece that wobble really applies to. Cooking surface is smooth and polished.
As always we are happy to take back pieces if you are not 100% satisfied. (Please see return policy)