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What Is It? - Two Spouts and Screw On Lid

Posted Tuesday, March 14 by Brian

Cast Iron Two Spouts.jpg Somehow I have found your website and would be tickled silly if you could tell me what this is. I have a two spouted pot. There are no markings on it. It has been sitting around our house for the last 50 years and seems to be made of pot metal and is very heavy- it weighs almost 9 pounds empty and looks rather rusty inside. It is less than 7 inches high and 13 inches spout to spout.

It's lid is threaded and screws on and takes 6 complete turns to close it. I have hauled this around to many places and no one yet has been able to tell me what it's purpose is. Perhaps you can! I appreciate any time you have to reply.

Thanks so much,

I see your dilemma. My first thought was, "Whatever it is, it's over-engineered." The only reason to have a lid that requires six turns to fully close, is to provide a leak proof seal. Since it has two spouts, if you tip it, it will pour.

Because of the weight and appearance, I would say it is cast iron, not "pot metal", which is a generic term for several inexpensive alloys used in casting figurines. You probably meant the metal that cook pots are made of (cast iron).

My initial thought concerning its use, is a kettle for heating water for tea, or whatever. I have seen double spouted tea pots, but the two spouts are usually at right angles to each other. Two spouts make it easier to pour, without having to reposition your whole body in a different direction. With a pot this heavy, I can see wanting to set it down as quickly as possible.

Functionally, you could use it as an oil lamp, by filling it with oil and having a wick protrude from each spout. But, I don't think that is what is was made for.

While looking at cast iron teapots for a two spouted variety, I noticed several different methods of keeping the lids from falling off while pouring. This screw on lid would certainly accomplish that goal. Since the 1800's and early 1900's were a time of great inventiveness, where entrepreneurs were trying to invent the proverbial "better mouse trap" and "better tea kettle", this may have been someones attempt at solving the lid and pouring problems. It is also possible, that it had a very specific use that none of us have thought of so far.

If you know what this is, or was used for, or just want to "guess" along with me, post a comment, or send an email.

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It's an oil lamp

We have the same pot or rather most of it.  Ours is in pieces & the lid is missing.  My husband found it in pieces buried, years ago.  We have moved it all over the country with us over the years.  My husband thinks maybe it was used to melt lead, as ours has some residue that looks like it could have contained lead. It is cast iron.

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