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                                                     Cahill Oval Roaster with Trivet

Cahill Iron Works - Chattanooga TN is the company that made this roaster.

The markings:  Above the handle on the top of the lid is No 9 below the 9 is the name CAHILL. Below the handle near the bottom is OVAL under OVAL is ROASTER under roaster is 139. On the inside of the lid is the number 9. On the bottom of the roaster near the top is 139 and just below the 139 is CAHILL incased in a sideways diamond. The roaster is 20 ¾ inches long from handle to handle. It’s 13 ½ inches wide by 6 ½ inches deep. The Trivet is 13 inches long by 8 ¼ inches wide. At the top it has the number 7 and just below the 7it has OVAL ROASTER TRIVET and at the bottom I’m just not sure. A friend of mine has a junk business and from time to time I would help him clean out old barns, storage buildings, houses, and garages. I found the roaster in an old storage building we cleaned out. I have acquired many old pieces doing this. For those who might be thinking, they would like to do that, I also came across many snakes. Both large, and small, and poisonous, and non-poisonous. Many kinds of varmints, hornets, spiders, smells. Not to mention the 100-degree heat, and the freezing cold.  However, I still enjoyed the hunt for old treasures. I would appreciate any information you might have on this item, and the company, that would help me determine the date it was made. Thanks in advance,

Greg Mattox  

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You mention a trivet but I don't see a picture of it. These old roasters were often buried in and under hot coals of the campfire or fireplace and contents were slow cooked.

BTW, Welcome to IAO.

Regarding cleaning out places, wear heavy gloves, boots and use a small rake to pull or uncover stuff. Black widows love places like that. I found one this past summer at a garage sale--killed it.

As I recall Crane Foundry bought Cahill in 1922 and may still be in business. You might contact them and see if they can help ID it.

Thankfully, we don't have black widow spiders in wild of Australia, just:

Beaked Sea Snake
Blue-Bellied Black
Coastal Taipan
Collett’s Snake
Common Death Adder
Dugite or Spotted Brown
Eastern Brown
Eastern Brown
Highland Copperhead
Inland Taipan
Lowlands copperhead 
Mainland Tiger Snake
Red-Bellied Black (my mother found one in her dishwasher once)
Small-eyed snake 
Western Brown
Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake

Blue-Ringed Octopus (Had one as a pet)
Bull Shark

Great White Shark
Tiger Shark

Bluebottle (yet another jellyfish)
Box Jellyfish

Irukandji (another jellyfish)

Common Lionfish (another pet)
Geographer Cone Snail
Platypus (in the river on my grand mother's farm)
Reef Stonefish (These are sometimes sold in pet shops, but also at my local beach)
Smooth Toadfish (as found in pet shops and my local beach)

European Honey Bee
European Wasp

Australian Paralysis Tick
Bull Ant
Giant Centipede
Funnel Web Spider (of the 40 funnel-web species in Australia, we have 6 which are deadly)
Redback Spider
Mouse Spider
Trap Door Spiders
White-Tailed Spiders
Australian tarantulas (6 varieties)
Recluse spider (aka fiddleback)
Huntsman spiders
Common garden orb weaver spider

A wide variety of Scorpions

And those are just the venomous creatures, we also have the animals that can kill you with the claw or teeth like:

Saltwater or Estuarine Crocodile


A wide variety of lizards from the very small to extremely large 2.5m goanna.

...  The list really can go on for some considerable more length.

but at least no black widow spiders.

LOL :) Scary menu you've got there!

Tom, unless it was recently added since you posted, the first photo,of the series is the “trivet”.   Z

Hi Tom, thanks for the reply. I posted a picture of the trivet. I don’t know if you got an email I sent before I posted in Whadja Find. I was asking about another reply you had given, about another CAHILL piece.

I came across a reply you gave to Paul Novak about an Antique Cahill Fireplace Surround, on December 20, 2014. You said in part “My limited research indicates Cahill operated in Chatanooga, TN from 1860-1891. During that time frame their logo was CAHILL inside a diamond just like yours. In 1892 Cahill incorporated and their logo changed.” I was wondering if you could share with me where you got that information?  Here is the link to your full reply. http://iantiqueonline.ning.com/group/whadjafind/forum/topics/antiqu...  The date of the logo change in 1892 would make my roaster at least 127 years old. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks, Greg


Are you calling the metal plate that fits in the base of your roaster a trivet? ( I don't have the proper name for that btw - anyone?)

Far as I know, a "Trivet" is used to protect table/surfaces from the heat of a hot dish, when serving. Maybe just a lost in translation thing?

A trivet is just a stand with typically three or more legs/stands/or protrustions underneath it to lift it up slightly.  Trivets are as stands underneath hot pots etc, but also used internally inside the pot as a stand for the food placed on top to life the food out of the juices, or liquid at the bottom of the pot. 

For example, many microwave containers contain trivets, albeit plastic, for the exact same purpose.  Steaming vegetables etc, lifts them out of the water so they are steamed rather than boiled.

It says "Trivet" right on it. I suspect it was included with the Roaster to protect table/surfaces from the heat...

No, as I was saying, a trivet is both a stand for a pot, or in this case, a stand for the food inside the pot.  This trivet is for internal use in the pot.

Besides which, a cast iron trivet for a cast iron product would do little to offset the heat of the pot, at best it would create 6 smaller hot spots on the surface it is placed, instead of one large one.  Personally, I don't see 6 small burn mark as being any better than one big oval burn mark in my furniture.

John Thomas Cahill

Founder of Cahill Iron Works

Here is a Cahill piece, (Cahill Cast Iron Fleur De Lis Door Frame Surround Fire Place Fender Set), bearing the diamond-shaped logo, the website attributes the piece to circa: 1900 To 1915.

Here is a set of andrions, also bearing the diamond cahill mark circa 1900.

Hi Michael, I appreciate your time, thanks for the information it's very helpful.


Greg, your Link ("Hi Tom...") is broken. Try this one, http://iantiqueonline.ning.com/group/whadjafind/forum/topics/antiqu...


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