This tool at Smith’s Tavern is a heavy brass cooking pot with a steel handle which has a hole at the end for hanging. It was a belief that cooking with brass items was beneficial for health. Brass easily reacts with salt and acidic foods when heated. However, it is now known that some brass cookware was sometimes lined with tin, which is dangerous to ingest. If not coated in tin, brass cookware was safe. Brass cookware were expensive items and were usually well cared for.