Ohio Finds! 19th-century Ladle & Fork
Above: The maker of these hearth utensils marked “Cy. Crites” and believed to be tied to the Crites family of Allen County is not completely clear.
Among the most important skilled tradesmen of the 18th and 19th centuries, blacksmiths made everything from horseshoes to hinges. A smithy was vital, but his often-unmarked utilitarian products can be overlooked in the jumble of antique ironwork.
Check out this month's column featuring Fascinating Objects from Our Past.
Originally published in the November-December 2021 issue of Ohio Magazine.