large antique Cast Iron Kettle, Dighton Furnace Co.

This large kettle or humidifier for a wood stove measures 10" in height and 10" in diameter. The lid is embossed with the maker's name...Dighton Furnace Co. T were iron smelting furnaces located in the greater Taunton-Dighton, Massachusetts area as far back as the mid 1700s, however over time most of these early, eastern smelters were put out of business by the discovery of higher grade ore as well as coal further west. We have found one reference to the Dighton furnace in the 1890s describing it as still thriving. Given the embossing on the lid and the high quality of the casting, we would date this kettle to the latter half of the 1800s. The kettle is in remarkably good condition...some rust showing inside but no wear through or rust through.