Antique French Pewter Sustenteur
Circa 1880's "Allez Freres" pewter sustenteur or soup pot. These were very popular in France back then and are essentially a type of portable pressure cooker. They were used to cook food hygenically and the contents could be kept for longer without spoiling. They were also used to produce a soup as a medical remedy for stomach problems. The cooking was done in a bain marie and the holes around the base allowed bubbles to escape and stop the sustenteur from tipping over. This is a great looking piece of pewter and could be used for storage or decoration.