Yes, there's a definite lack of proper study of medieval cauldrons, but I think there's enough evidence now to draw it all together, if someone would do so.Brother Ranulf wrote:Welcome to the forum, Caedmon, and you are welcome to join the discussion.
The subject of medieval/post-medieval cauldrons in the UK is one that has never been scientifically studied in much depth, giving a fairly vague picture. In an ADS report on a bronze skillet found at Stanford in the Vale, G C Dunning writes:
(My italics)The types of bronze vessel mentioned above [including cauldrons] can not as yet be dated closely within the medieval period. They are seldom found in archaeological contexts so that reliance must be placed on other evidence. Contemporary illustrations show cauldrons already in the late twelfth century and skillets in the thirteenth century. Both types appear to have continued in use with little change over several centuries, even as late as the seventeenth.
He admits that the skillet could date anywhere from 1200 to 1500.
I expect you are already aware of this small bronze Scottish cauldron (14th century??) from Dumfries:
http://www.futuremuseum.co.uk/collectio ... ldron.aspx
The Dumfries one is what I mean, more globular, whereas the Mary Rose ones have much flatter bottoms.
The book "English Bronze cooking vessels and their founders 1350-1830" by Roderick Butler and Christopher Green, has plenty of photographs and drawings and some dates. Theres lots of 17th century ones, fewer medieval ones, but re. medieval ones they write, on page 171, about an unmarked onw which has unusual handles, "Several attributes of this cauldron suggest that it is most likely to be a medieval casting. The almost spherical body resembles forms regarded by Drescher (1968) as being of 13th to 15th century date." Drescher being to Drescher, H. 1968 Mittelalterliche Deibeintopfe aus Bronze. In Renaud, J. G. N. (ed) Rotterdam Papers, 23-33.
Page 165 of Butler and Green has photos of 3 cauldrons, which are tentatively dated 15-16th century, and they are grouped together mainly on stylistic grounds, some features of which are closer to moulds found at Taunton, so a kind of WEst Country sort.
I'd have to see the Tudor Monastery farm cauldron in a still to compare it to the pictures in the books I have.