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Early American Cast Iron Holloware 1645-1900: Pots, Kettles, Teakettles, and Skillets

John Tyler

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An invaluable information source about cast iron holloware of the pre-Griswold and Wagner era for collectors, museum curators, reenactors, and hearth cooking aficionados. It is the first book to document cast iron pots, skillets, spiders, pans, kettles, teakettles, Dutch ovens, and mortars, plus several items in brass, from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries, spanning the years 1645 to 1900. Over 350 photos illustrate identifiable changes in the manufacturing technologies and the vessel forms. Line drawings and detail photos enable the reader to correctly date the objects they find. The engaging text is a product of forty years of collecting and wide-ranging research. Most of the vessels are illustrated in print for the first time. Many of these objects have been seen occasionally in antiques shops or at auctions, but they have never before been identified in the literature. This will be a standard reference book for many years to come.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 365 color & 8 b/w photos | 160 pp
ISBN13: 9780764345364

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John Tyler was educated in museum studies through the Hagley Foundation Fellowship Program in Greenville, Delaware and has a MA from the University of Delaware (1967). He spent ten years as a curator with the William Penn Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, specializing in the history of technology, particularly ironmaking.A self-taught blacksmith, he left the museum in 1978 to work at smithing full time. He hammered our replicas of Colonial household implements and lighting for more than thirty years while collecting and researching early cast iron, particularly holloware for this book.With his wife Darlene, who took most of the photographs in this book, he lives near Carlisle, Pennsylvania.