I'm really not sure what they used this for back then but I believe that they would cook there food and boil water in it. It's very heavy it's realy cool to see what they would use to cook with back then it's very old and very heavy an if you have any questions please ask O ya make sue you look at the pictures it's from the late 1800 hundreds and it has some rust but it is very solid it's just a coat of rust. The item "Old antique vintage Cast Iron Pot cooking pot tea kettle complete number 7 lid" is in sale since Monday, October 23, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Kitchen & Home\Kitchenware\Cookware\Cast Iron". The seller is "brialineberr0" and is located in Ooltewah, Tennessee.This item can be shipped to United States.