We found some some ladle, or skillet, handles in the yard at Byrnside’s Fort. They’re blacksmith made, wrought iron forged, each with a little rat tail style curl on the end for hanging around the fireplace. I finally got around to doing some preservation work on the handles in the past few days, and they turned out great.
Cleaning them, and preparing for the de-rusting process.
Here they are with the beeswax coating installed.
One piece was just a fragment of a handle. It cleaned up nicely.
I love the little hook features.
Other similar examples I found:
These handles were probably used together with this trammel we found, in the old fort cooking fireplace.
Some other cooking related items. A couple of pieces of dutch ovens, one of which was found right underneath the east chimney.