Sourced in the Normandy region of France where copper items were widely produced, an antique copper pot used for cooking homemade jams (called a "bassine à confiture" in French). Cooking jams was (and still is) a well-known way to preserve fruits for months, even years. This copper pan has a wide and flared shape that allows water to evaporate and cook jams evenly. When heating, copper releases the fruit molecules responsible for gelation. It "traps" the aromas and preserves the good taste and natural color of the fruits.
This large copper pot dates from the early 1900s. It is made of thick copper with a folded trim and solid, riveted side handles. The piece is as found, with the copper having earned an appealing aged patina with the years. The marks showing on the outside surface as well as the remains of old cleaning products around the handles would be easy to remove by its new owner. In the interior, the few deposits and duller coloring of the metal would also be quite easy to clean; some prefer to leave the old patina if not using for cooking.
A very solid antique pot that is in excellent overall condition, showing just a few minor bumps from use along the base. The underside is slightly rounded, yet stable.
Measures 5¼" high/deep to the trim (7" including side handles); 14¼" in diameter at the trim. Heavy; weighs 2.625 kg (5.79 lbs,).
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