Marked On Underside "37" (twice) & "20". From Pre & Thru Civil War Period.
WIDE FLAIRED RIM, Single Pronounced Concentric RIB Bulge. THIS IS A POT BELLY GYPSY CAULDRON / KETTLE &. THE WEIGHT ALONE, INDICATES THAT THIS IS VERY EARLY.THIS IS A TRUE COLLECTOR PIECE... Restored Surface Condition on Exterior... Interior is Restored Rustic Condition - see my notes below_. Superior piece all around (SEE PICTURES). This piece was found in a barn in North Carolina about 2 years ago. Been in my inventory ever since. I feel that it is not worthy of a true antiques' character to make it look like it was made yesterday. Therefore, it has been kept very Rustic Restored Condition for character and appreciation. Done professionally, as I specialize in these, with care to preserve its ageless features, the piece came alive. The outside body has minor casting flaws notable of its early technology and which, helps in discerning its age.
The inside was thoroughly cleaned down to the metal, removing all surface rust, but there is considerable pitting / not pitting explained further down under. However, Due to it's very heavy casting and obvious thick wall... It is a useable piece if you desire.
Or, as an investment for display, it has all the rustic character you can hope for, and truly stands apart from run of the mill pieces you may see elsewhere. Continuing to the inside surface cleaning, it was applied with an organic cleaner to remove any remaining surface rust...
Ready for seasoning on the inside as soon as it is over a fire. Keep it just as it is for display. IMPORTANT NOTE: Most early casting, due to the process of sand casting of the inner mold, were subject to many flaws developing on the interior surface... Such as indentations, air bubbles / voids and general roughness as the liquid hot iron spread down into the mold poured in from the bottom as the casting was done upside down...
Hence the gate marks which were puring slots. As well most early cast pieces did not have a smooth inside surface, they were generally rough. Because of this trait, some today... Who do not know how these great examples of history were fashioned.... Comonly think that all roughness inside a cast iron pot is pitting.That is not the case. Although there is a fair amount of actual scattered pitting present, but none very serious, much of what you see on the interior surface is from the crude casting of this age old piece. When Kettles get abused and left outside to the weather, water will build up inside the bottom and start rust which will commence pitting. Mostly you will find the very center in a circular section pitted, but not the sides.
If the sides are rough, and what appeares to be pitting is thruout, it is not pitting, it is the result of crude casting and will show a uniform surface of roughness due to mostly air bubbles in the iron. That is what we have here, with this great example of a very old casting technology. Stamped on the underside is a large "20" naturally standing for the gallons it will hold. However, there are 2 separate smaller stampings or "37" which I believe may indicate its year 1837. This fits the type of workmanship of that period.
As well, it maintains 2 centering indentations on its inside (you can see one clearly in the pictures), which are nearly rectangular indentations in the sand mold near the top (or actually at the bottom of the pour near the rim flare). This is an alignment necessity for when the outside mold is placed. Interestingly on this rare example...Is the indented inner "V" notch representing the entier circular mid section of the cauldron, on the inside... But opposite the outer Rim Band, which is the center point of the 2 part mold (where the molds meet). This is a true antique piece from an early period of This casting technology. With the early technology of pouring these with a very thick wall - hence the very heavy weight... Which indicates also, a very early period. Therefore, rest assured you will acquire one of the older early peices of these very sought after types of cauldrons. It's visual impact (see pictures) lends beautiful age credibility and rustic character to it. Fully intact with no cracks or repairs.
It weighs 58 lbs, which is very heavy for its 20 Gallon size (an extremely old casting). Very Rare & Superb Quality from the period. A lot of history here.The casting is so thick, that this will be another lifelong heirloom. This baby is over 170 years old, and is a survivor of that great period in US history, with fantastic rustic character. What you are looking at in the photos is the final exterior painted with High Heat 1200 degree black enameled dark finish which we completed... It has a nice sheen to it overall, but you are not looking at a coat of oil to make it look that way... That is the restored enamel high heat finish. The interior is oiled heavily and ready for cooking after a light cleaning once you receive it. Or merely display this, because it is an investment.... And these pieces are only going up. Due to my sole attempts at providing full information and education about these fine pieces, I have raised the awareness of these great antiques.
3 FOOTED - Nice ANGULAR LEGS (SEE PHOTO) sit perfectly flat on ground. MEASURES APP: 19 1/4" OUTSIDE DIAMETER At The Rim (Not Including Handles) Mouth Diameter: 16 1/2 Bulge Diameter (Widest Part of Pot Belly): 25 1/4" 15 1/4 TALL To Rim Edge.Inside Depth is 14 5/8" Rim Flair is a nicely proportioned 1 3/4" 1/2" Cearance above a flat surface (Belly To Floor) Single Mid Rib (Mold Line From 2 Part Mold) Sits Perflectly Flat on a level surface Marked With Large "20" on bottom & "37 twice may indicate casting year (1837) This is a very old technology (made to last many lifetimes). For its size, this is very rare, and a strong indication of its age being from a very early period - estimate: ca 1840s. Double Heavy GATE Marks - (See Pics).
CONDITION IS RUSTIC see my notation, ESPECIALLY FOR ITS ANTIQUE AGE! SPECIALLY PACKAGED (I USE FOAM SHEETS TO STRENGTHEN THE CARTON INSIDE AND FILLER ALL AROUND, AS WELL AS NYLON STRING WRAPPED ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE CARTON, ALL SIDES). Auctiva offers Free Image Hosting and Editing. The item "ANTIQUE Civil War Era CAST IRON Rare 20G 2 Gte Mk CAMPFIRE GYPSY KETTLE CAULDRON" is in sale since Tuesday, May 5, 2020.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Kitchen & Home\Kitchenware\Cookware\Cast Iron". The seller is "dfrizzy" and is located in Gibsonville, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States.