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For the Pipkin classification of fractures of the femoral head, see Hip fracture.
Medieval pipkins found in Hamburg/Germany (1200-1400).

A pipkin is an earthenware cooking pot used for cooking over direct heat from coals or a wood fire. It has a handle and three feet. Late medieval and postmedieval pipkins had a hollow handle into which a stick might be inserted for manipulation.


The pipkin, also called three-legged pot (marmite (fr.), Grapen (ger.)), is sometimes used as a charge in heraldry. It is especially common in arms in Brandenburg, Pomerania and East Prußia.

It is used in the canting arms for the German family von Grape,[1] Grapengießer and Grappendorf, and Groppe von Gudenberg.


  1. ^ Gert Oswald: Lexikon der Heraldik. VEB Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig 1984.

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