Today I stumbled onto a HUGE copper stockpot in an antique store. It was so large (16" in diameter x 12" tall) that they were using it as a bin to hold mounted poster art! 3mm thick throughout, the lining was perfect, and the handles are the stoutest, most beautiful bell metal I've ever seen. The price sticker was small and my eyes weak, but I thought I saw "...250". Casually asked the clerk, expecting it to be $1,250. Nope, $250, and then she said: "But we'd take less." Was out of there with it for $185. Weighs over 25 pounds. Dovetail construction, but the bottom work is so fine you can't make it out. The handle rivets (four each) are so finely and flushly fitted you can't see them from outside and just barely inside. The bottom and 2" up the sides appear to be double thickness. Amazing workmanship, like Mora or Gaillard.
So here's my question... I've been seriously collecting (actually, scrounging) high-end copper cookware for a little over a year now. Thought I was getting to a point of knowledge. But I've never seen handles like these, or the maker's mark: "Ellington & Co."
Anyone know anything about Ellington? Country of manufacture? Period?
Edit: OK, I got out the magnifier lamp, and It's "El[K]ington & Co.", which means it's English and probably from the period 1840-1875. Anyone know anything else?
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