Cast-iron kettles were essential household objects for open hearth cooking in early America. Most households had at least one iron cooking pot. This example with the sides tapering well down on the body is a typical form for the late 17th century. It was found in the wreck of a 1690 merchant vessel requisitioned for a naval expedition from Boston. The ship also had two larger cast-iron cooking pots or kettles (complete with fish bones) used for shipboard food preparation. The size of this kettle is similar to what would have been used in New England households of the time. It may have been on board for use as a camp kettle on the campaign.
Date: circa 1690