A pothook (or pot hook) is an S-shaped metal hook for suspending a pot over a fire.
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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.
A dining room illustrated in American Homes and Gardens (July, 1913)
A camp cooking pot hook
A wrought iron pot hook
A steel nib with a sample of writing (A b c: the ascender of the "b" is an example of a pothook)
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Pothook". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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