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Iron Spider Pot, circa 1790

Item

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Title

Iron Spider Pot, circa 1790

Description

The spider pot was brought to Bourbon County, Kentucky, from Frederick County, Maryland, by the Liter family before 1800. During this period, cooking was the second leading cause of death for women. Overheating, skirts catching on fire, exhaustion, and infected burns were causes for serious injury or even death. Some frontier appliances made the job a bit safer. Due to the 'three-legged' nature of spider pots, it allowed them to sit right on the hearth over a bed of hot coals. The cook then used its long handle to safely remove the pot from the coals.

Source

1927.3.1, Museum Collection, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville, Kentucky

Date

Format

Identifier

1927.3.1

Citation

“Iron Spider Pot, circa 1790,” The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects, accessed May 28, 2024, https://filsonhistorical.omeka.net/items/show/5818.