ENORMOUS French fireplace – hearth 19th century pot made of hammered copper used for keeping large amounts of hot water at the ready. The antique pot is mounted on three sturdy, riveted iron feet. The handles on the lid and sides are also forged of iron and are solidly affixed with rivets.
Because of the substantial size of the pot and its weight when full, this kind of cauldron would have rested in the fireplace hearth heated underneath by lit embers or fire.
The metal is intact and has a lovely time-earned patina with touches of verdigris here and there. The lid fits securely, with its rim resting on the outside of the pot. The pot is without any pierces or holes. Of note is some iron that is missing from one of the riveted edges of the handle as well as on the top rivets of two of the feet. This worn metal is of no consequent to the solidly of the piece and is only noticeable if you are really looking for it.
Measurements: The pot is 18" high with an interior depth of 15" and it measures at total of 21" including the lid. Its diameter is 12" across and it is about 16" from handle to handle. Each foot is just under 3"- so the pot is three inches from the ground.
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