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5134 An Oval Copper Braising Pot (or Wine Cooler)

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This is a  very handsome oval copper cooking vessel, probably a braising pot, but it would equally serve as a wine cooler at considerably less cost than a traditional mahogany one!  It will easily hold a dozen bottles - probably nearer to 2 dozen.  It is made of copper, tin-plated on the inside for hygenic purposes when making large batches of food, and it has bronze handles.

The construction of this piece is interesting - the seams are dovetailed (see 2nd image) which was a method used in the 18th and early 19th centuries and superseded by turn-over seams.  The sheets of copper are cut with dovetailed edges which were then brazed together to form a watertight and flat join.  The later seams stood proud of the surface are are less attractive - but cheaper to make.

One side is engraved with the initials RD over 1 signifying that it was No.1 in a batterie de cuisine and that it belonged to RD.

Date: c.1830

Dimensions: 23", 58.5 cms. x 15", 38 cms. x 9.6",24.5 cms. (L x W x H)

Weight: It's heavy!

Price: UK customers £540, US customers $730, Euro customers €620, Australian customers $945

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