Age of this hand-made copper coated pail???

bradleyd_svhJuly 10, 2014

EXTREMELY curious about the age and original use of this pail. Could not resist purchasing it because it was priced at only $10. Even the cashier at the antiques/consignment shop jokingly called me a "thief" because I got such a good deal. A friend suggested possibly a spittoon, but I have not seen a spittoon that has a hanging handle or two kinds of metal.

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Photo 2. Good view of handle.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 11:48AM
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    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 1:29PM
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Size is 6 and 1/4 cross the top, 7 inches across the bottom, and only 5 and a half inches high. Quite a sturdy little pail. And for what it is worth, magnets stick to the handle but not the pail.

This post was edited by BradleyD on Thu, Jul 10, 14 at 14:35

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 2:04PM
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I had some pots like yours. My sister-in-law brought them back from Greece in the 1990's.

I think they were popular at places like Pier One Imports when Pier One was first getting started.


    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 8:12PM
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I searched for

copper pot iron bail (the handle is called a "bail")

and came up with a few close matches.

Age impossible to determine, but they are used to cook small quantities over a kitchen fireplace. Reducing sauces, making small amount of broth, making glazes ... that kind of thing.

It would be tinned inside to avoid copper poisoning

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 10:34PM
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Thank you both for your input. I searched online and found one identical to it going for $145, so I think I can jokingly call myself a thief for having gotten it for only 10. That site indicated it might have bee made in Palestine in the mid-nineteenth century

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 12:09AM
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