Pewter Chafing Dish
6.5" x 16" x 9.5"
This wonderfully crafted English chafing dish dates back to the 19th-century Victorian era. It is made of pewter and has a hot water container base. It has been kept in excellent condition and is in ready working order for any home or collector. The term chafing dish comes from the French word chauffer, which means to make warm. As such, chafing dishes use gentle, indirect heat to keep their contents warm in a large, shallow pan. Dish-crosses and chafing dishes with handles were first introduced during the reign of King George II of Great Britain (r. 1727–1760) and could be found in limited numbers in the American colonies around the same time as well. Since then, chafing dishes have been produced all over the world, in many different shapes, materials, and sizes. These cooking and serving pans can be used for a variety of foods.
At this time in England, the Peterloo Massacre occurred at St. Peter’s Field in Manchester on August 16, 1819. Approximately 60,000 working class people from across the Greater Manchester area marched to St. Peter’s Field to demand greater political representation, at a time when only wealthy landowners could vote. What began as a peaceful protest quickly turned bloody, when Manchester magistrates ordered a private militia, paid for by the rich locals, to storm the crowd with sabres. 15 people died in this attack, and more than 650 individuals were injured in the resulting chaos.