Antique large copper cover with hand wrought iron handle and rolled copper rim covering thick wrought iron rod from the mid to late 1700s. This cover has rows of parallel hammered indents that were used both to strengthen parts of the cover as well as add decoration. The rows of consecutive hammer hits were possibly done using a trip hammer in that the marks are very uniform in size and depth and were added by using a circular turning table or lathe wheel. Specifically, there is a small circular mark in the very center of the top of the cover that is the pivot or central point where the cover was pinned to a lathe and rotated as a trip-hammer added dents in a very regular and circular pattern. The lathe mechanism acted like a turn table and the copper worker rotated the sheet of copper and added rows of hammer hits as he shaped the cover into a 3-dimensional object from a flat sheet of copper.
This is large cover and may have been placed on a kettle or cooking pot. There is a single hole punched through the cover just inside of its rolled rim that contains a thick iron core or wire. This iron wire or loop has fractured right next to the hole probably because the hole was likely used to pry the cover from its companion kettle (see photo with green pencil). The rolled copper rim right next to the punched hole has been distorted by the tool used to pry the cover off of its pot or kettle after a vacuum was created that made the seal hold tight (see last photo).
Pieces of antique trip-hammer decorated copper ware have been found in the archeological excavation of burials sites of Native American tribes in the southern United States and dating from the 1720 to 1760 period (see Jeffrey Brian’s 1979 publication title 'Tunica Treasure'). Complete examples in fair condition like the cover shown here are not recovered from excavations since soil moisture, oxidation and rain destroy the copper and iron after being buried in the ground for several centuries. And so this example is preserved today because it was never buried and instead was passed down through some six to eight generations of households. Extant covers like this are also very scarce today because many 18th century copper vessel were typically melted down in the late 18th or 19th centuries in order to conserve copper and recycled the metal. Some collectors have suggested that this type of hammered decorated copperware often came from the Languedoc Roussillon region of France, however independent verification of that association has not been confirmed to date.
In summary, this is very hard to find example of a 18th century hand-made copper cover with hand wrought iron handle and concentric hammered decoration. The iron handle is attached using rivets made from triangular rolled pieces of sheet copper. The specific technique used to form these rivets relied on rolled pieces of flat copper and was commonly used in the 1700s but then was replaced by solid rivets in the 1800s. The few surviving examples of copper rivets used to attach handles dating from the 1730s to 1760s period on copper kettles, pans and basins left behind by French traders in the early colonial territories of North American were also made of triangular pieces of rolled sheet copper (see Jeffrey Brain’s ‘Tunica Treasure’ publication from 1979; see also the Fort Michilimackinac publication by Lyle Stone in 1974). The unique folded crevices visible in the two large rivet heads on the inside of this cover (see close-up photo of head of rivet on inside of cover) are a result of making rivets from triangular scraps of sheet copper. And so if you collect antique copper vessels and covers that are more than 200 years old, then you certainly may want to consider purchasing this example while it is still available. And as always, this copper cover also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below).
SIZE: This cover measures about 13 1/4 inches across (diameter) and stands about 3 inches tall along its outer galleried edge (see all photos). The inner section of the cover is domed and when the height of iron handled is also included, the cover has a maximum height of about 5 1/2 inches. The cover weighs just under 2 1/2 lbs and is a nice size for displaying along a wall or on a table, counter, shelf or mantle (may be hung using a larger plate holder). How ever it is displayed, this cover will certainly capture attention in most any setting.
CONDITION: The sheet copper is in good condition with no decayed or deeply oxidized areas. The cover does have a couple of major dents and many smaller nicks but no holes or worn areas (please review all photos). The iron handle is still securely attached even though some of the iron in the splayed terminals that affix the handle to the cover has suffered from decay and oxidation (see handle photos). The outer most edge of the rolled rim has a few short splits and fissures caused by bending and hammering the sheet copper over and around the 3/8 inch thick (diameter) iron hoop or core used to form and strengthen the rim (see all photos). Beyond these issues, the cover has no other major defects and no repairs or restorations. Please review all photos to better evaluate this cover and let me know if you need any further info. And as always, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this cover for a refund (see our full refund policy noted below).
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