Produced at the turn of the last century, this copper French “charbonnière” or coal scuttle, still has its original scoop. Typically, with antique coal carriers of this nature, the scoop has been lost, making this a rare find! The term “scuttle” is an Old English term that refers to a shallow pan, while the French term is charbonnière. Typically made of metal (usually tin), with a simple conical shape, they were designed to refill coal burning stoves, while the nicer models were made in copper or brass. The coal scuttle would be kept near the fireplace, on next to the stove in the kitchen. The scoop was a convenient way of transferring more coal to fuel the fire.
This particular coal scuttle has a curved copper handle with a turned wood grip. The wood handle of the scoop has been turned in a similar fashion.
The scuttle is marked with the initials “CB” and the number “2”. There is a small copper knob on the back which would have been held to support the weight of the scuttle. The other hand would then scoop the coal. It has riveted and soldered construction with nice details.
As the middle of the 20th century approached, burning coal became less popular, as it was linked to heavy pollution in the cities. Today, pieces like this can serve as decorative accessories, magazine, or kindling holders.
CONDITION: Good condition with very minor denting, marks. Small area to back base molding is partially lifted.