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Chimney crane

Chimney crane

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wrought iron

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, Room 113, case WS

Physical description

Wrought iron chimney crane

Place of Origin

England (made)


18th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Wrought iron


Height: 108 cm, Width: 114 cm, Depth: 20 cm

Descriptive line

Ironwork chimney crane, wrought iron, England, 18th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lindsay, J. Seymour. Iron and Brass Implements of the English House. London, 1964. Fig.28, p.11.
Christian, G. The Skill of the Ironmaster. Sussex Archeological Society, 1955.
Hollister-Short , G. J. Discovering wrought iron. Tring : Shire Publications, 1970. 72 p., ill.

Labels and date

Wrought iron
England; 18th century

The chimney crane was an 18th-century addition to the open kitchen fireplace, a refinement of the simple 'ratchetted' pot-hook (see example nearby). Hung against the back wall of the hearth, it consisted of a swinging bracket with an adjustable sliding arm. This enabled a cooking vessel, suspended from the chain and hook, to be easily moved over any part of the open fire at various heights. By this means the cook avoided having to touch very hot and sooty pot handles and could control the cooking temperature more easily. With the development of the closed range such objects became obsolete.

Museum Nos 12-1894 and 862b-1907 [07/1994]


Wrought iron


Forging (metal forming)


Metalwork; Architectural fittings; Ironwork


Metalwork Collection

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