This camp oven is made from cast iron. It was donated by H. Ross in 1988 and has definitely seen better days. A Dutch oven or camp oven generally describes any cast iron pot with three legs, a heavy bail handle, and a concave lid. The legs allowed the chef to place the oven on a bed of coals, while the lid and the rim encircling it was designed to hold even more coals on top, so the food inside the oven could be heated from above and below. For more information on antique camp ovens, click on this link. If you know more about this camp oven that would be useful for our catalogue, contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or email@example.com, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection 1988.131.1.