Antique Cape Cod Fire Starter Pot
Vintage Iron Fire Place Accessory in Brass and Iron
These wonderful little pots were the "Bic" lighters of their day. At a time when your hearth was the only source of heat and cooking they were a necessary tool.
This Cape Cod Pot is from the early 1900's and is in excellent condition.Judging by the pumice stone I don't think was used much. The pot would be filled with lamp oil and the pumice stone placed into the pot where it would soak up the oil into the pores of the stone. You could remove the stone wick and light it for about 20 minutes of burn time. Generally the main hearth was maintained throughout the night and smaller hearths and stoves would be lit as needed.
The cast iron pot is approximately 6 inches tall, 8 inches with the lid on. It sits 10 1/2 inches with the handle straight up. It is 4 1/2 inches in diameter and has a 5 inch deep well on a footed pot. The starter stone is 11 inches long and has a brass handle to match the brass lid on the starter pot. It weighs 7 lbs. and 11 ounces.
If used as a decorative piece they make a lovely visual as candle holders on a "non-flame" fireplace. They are a wonderful piece of American Made history. Makers strove for outstanding durability combined with artistic design and skilled hands.
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