Antique Hand Forged Brass Trading Kettle Wrought Iron Bail & Leaf Shape Ears

Antique Hand Forged Brass Trading Kettle Wrought Iron Bail & Leaf Shape Ears

Regular price $295.00


Description: During the late 1600s to mid-1800s, brass Trade Kettles similar to this one were a common and important trade item to American Native Indians for food preparation and gathering water in exchange for furs and animal hides with European American traders. This brass kettle, probably British or American, with beautiful dark aged patina has an iron bail - handle and exceptional wrought iron ears in a leaf shape pattern, a popular design used during the 1700s to 1830s era. Impressed vertical mark on the interior over the rim which what appears to be HBCo. Early Hudson Bay Company marks are typically referenced as HBC. 

  •        Wrought Iron Bail Handle 
  •        Wrought Iron Ears with a Leaf Shape held on by Two Copper Rivets
  •        Rolled Rim
  •        Hammered Concave inside surface

Note: Refer to "Condition" for additional information.

Circa: 18th – Mid-19th Century


Height: 8” (to rolled rim), 14” (including handle in upright position)

Width: 12 ¾” (at handle-ears)

Diameter: 12” – 12 3/8” (body o, slightly out-of-round)

Deep: 7 ¾” (approximately since hammered surface)


Product Weight: 4 pounds

Primary Colors:  Dark Brass

Primary Material:  Brass, Iron

Maker: Not confirmed. Possibly Hudson Bay Company

Maker’s Mark: HBCo (vertical interior impressed mark HBCo, with H worn at rim, as shown)

Condition: Previously owned - used. Condition is consistent with age and use. Considered good condition. No repairs. Original, dark aged surface patina. Hammered bottom therefore does not sit flat on surface. Please refer to photographs as they are part of the description. Do not hesitate to reach out with questions.

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