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A pothook (or pot hook) is an S-shaped metal hook for suspending a pot over a fire.


While one extremity of the pothook is hooked to the handle of the pot, the other is caught upon an iron crane moving on a pivot over the fire. Later stoves obviated the necessity for this arrangement, but in the early twentieth century it was still to be seen in great numbers of country cottages and farmhouse kitchens all over England, and in small artisan's houses in the West Midlands and the North.


In the elementary teaching of writing, a glyph of similar shape is called a pothook.


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  1. ^ The dining-room ... chimney in great patches as it did of yore. The Dutch oven is still intact, and over the chimney breast the fowling pieces are suspended, while on the pot hook and trammels, huge iron pots and kettles hang. The rabbit broiler, waffle iron, toasting fork and skillet rest conveniently near. Before that monstrous fire place, the family used to sit ...

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Pothook". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

Coordinates: 52°14′48″N 6°30′22″E / 52.2467°N 6.5061°E / 52.2467; 6.5061