Very unusual, very cool. This is a beautiful old piece that is a bit of a mystery. At least Civil War era, this piece has a blacksmith made wrought iron bail like none I’ve ever seen before – where after the bail was placed, instead of flaring the ends up to secure it, iron rings were added to the outside to provide the securing mechanism. It’s a very sophisticated system and the pot certainly appears to have been a very high end cast iron one. It also was obviously quite valued by someone who had a braze repair made when the pot was damaged. In some ways the pot seems almost English made, but the New England style ears seem to belie that. Its also very difficult to classify shaped like a deep dutch oven, but clearly not, not right to be a maslin kettle, it just is a unusual wide mouth kettle. Interior has some shallow pitting but it could easily still be used as a stew or gumbo pot. Bottom has some casting voids and pitting. I don’t believe this piece was made for a stove, but it could be used with a gas range. Lead tested negative.
Marked: “No. 10” on the bottom. Any other marks are long gone.
11” 1/4 diameter (excluding the ears which would add about 1 1/4” more) and about 7” 1/2 tall.
Cleaned via lye method, hand buffed and seasoned with 3 layers of non-GMO canola oil.
No cracks, chips. Not designed for a stove so it wobbles when tested on a sheet of glass. Cooking surface is very usable but has roughness from shallow pitting that should smooth out with some regular use.