This nice old kettle was made by The American Brass Kettle Manufacturers in the mid 1800's. Made of brass with a hand-forged iron handle. The loop brackets that hold this are attached to the pail with copper rivets.
This is marked #2 on the bottom and this refers to the size which is 7" tall (12 1/2" to top of handle) and nominally 10" in diameter at the top of the rolled rim. The rounded bottom designates it as a vessel that was meant to be hung over a fire and these even-heating kettles were used specifically to make apple butter and jam. It sits level despite the rounded bottom.
We have elected not to polish it as we know that some collectors like to find these (and other brass pieces) with the original patina. This has plenty of that and is quite dark. Light oxidation overall and a spot of heavier verdigris in one area. It would clean up nicely with some elbow grease if this is your preference.
One small convex dent on the bottom and, of course, the patina but no tears in the rolled rim. loose rivets or damage of any type.
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