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Grissets are vessels, manufactured from cast or wrought iron, with the purpose of catching the drips of animal and bird fat whilst roasting on an open fire. This fat (tallow) could then be used for basting the meat during the cooking process, the residue being kept for making tallow candles or rushlights. In order to prepare the rushlights, the tallow had to be kept in liquid form. The purpose of the grisset’s long handle is to allow the pan to be adjusted at the edge of the fire, without setting the melted tallow on fire. A part-peeled rush could then be drawn through the liquid, coating the pith, and then cooled to form a rushlight. Without a handle this operation is not impossible without burning the hand or firing the tallow. The Welsh name for a grisset is ‘padellfach’ meaning ‘little pan’ and ‘padell iraid’ meaning ‘grease pan’.
Robert Ashley, 'The Rushlight and Related Holders: A Regional View' (Ashley Publications, 2001), pp. 236 - 238 illustrates a variety of different grisset forms. He notes that the 'boat-shaped' grisset was common in Wales and that the Welsh grissets were typically of wrought iron.
|Height||5.00 cm||(1.97 inches)|
|Width||42.50 cm||(16.73 inches)|
|Depth||52.00 cm||(20.47 inches)|
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