Market Lavington Museum

A very heavy saucepan

At Market Lavington Museum, we are fortunate to have an old cooking range in our kitchen, with a hotplate for a pan and a kettle. (See A Kitchen Range.) However, we have more pans than will fit on our range, including this one.

It is made of cast iron, which is now rather rusty. It has a very long handle and is extremely heavy. It was made by Clark in the early twentieth century. We know its capacity as it has 6 pt (pints) indented on its base, so it held three quarters of a gallon.

It has the remains of a shiny coating on the inside of the pan and, even more noticeably, inside its lid, so it would appear to have been tinned, although this process is more common on copper saucepans.