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Nov 4, 2012 06:13 AM

Finding age of copper cauldron


Please can someone help me date my copper cauldron

The only mark is 11 on the patterned brass handle. I am assuming it is hand made as the rivets holding the handle are odd sizes. I don't know why the side seems to be brass and also a circle towards the bottom.

I bought this to sit by my fire to put my logs in, so it is quite large and weighs 2.1 kg .Thank you

I am hoping someone can help me with this.

Many thanks.

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  1. Hi, Sally:

    It is difficult to even venture a guess without knowing more. The brazed joinery is an old technique, which *if* you knew it came from western Europe, would indicate pre-1880 manufacture. However, there are many other places in the world where this joinery is still being done.

    Judging by the bail castings, the overall workmanship and the ornamentation, I would guess that your cauldron was made in the Near or Middle or even Far East. And since it doesn't look like it's been subjected to years of ab/use and lacks patination, it could even be quite modern.

    That's the best I can do.


    3 Replies
    1. re: kaleokahu

      Hi Kaleo,

      Many thanks for your reply.

      I would like to add that I have cleaned this cauldron today as it was very dirty. However, inside it is green with patination. Should I have not cleaned it?

      Also I should add I am in the UK.

      Thanks again for your reply.


      1. re: Sallyam

        Hello, Sally:

        You're welcome.

        I apologize for sounding like the classic Antiques Roadshow buzzkill, but I don't think it matters to value whether you cleaned it. It just makes it harder to venture guesses as to its age.

        It is an attractive shape--rather Callipygean--and I can see why you would like to display it. Polished copper is Eye Candy of the highest order to many people.

        Just remember, if you're ever inclined to cook in it, that the green verdigris you see is copper salts which are toxic. They would need to be removed for cooking.


        1. re: kaleokahu

          I won't ever use it for cooking, I think it will now become my Greek Urn!

          Thank you for your help and time it is much appreciated.