Kitchen Appliance Collection

Kitchen Artifacts

The Clayson House Museum has a nice collection of kitchen artifacts.

A wooden hutch was used both for working and for storage.

A stove has an oven in the front. A ledge on the side holds irons. A small door opens to clean out the ashes.

A four slice toaster was used on the top of the cooking stove. Children often think it is a grater.

Irons are called that because they were made of cast iron. They were heated on top of the kitchen stove, usually two at a time so that they could be used alternately.

Agitators are used to do laundry, that is to swirl the clothes around in a tub like our automatic washers do today.

Candle molds are very old utensils. The early settlers here used them to make candles for light in the house.

A cherry pitter takes the stones out of fruit in order to bake pies.

A coffee grinder grinds beans by turning the handle.

The ice box is an old fashioned refrigerator. Blocks of ice were used to keep food cool but no ice cubes were found in these.

Take your rugs outside, hang them over a clothesline and beat the dust out of them with the rugbeaters.

A metal pan pops corn on top of the stove. A lid with small holes slides closed over the corn and is held by a long handle.

A baby sits in her wooden high chair waiting for food. She has an enameled metal bowl in front of her.

Though ours isn’t connected, a pump like ours brought water up from the cistern in the basement that held rain water. It’s standing on a dry sink, meaning there is no drainage.

The two cruets in the stand have stoppers and are for vinegar and oil. The smaller containers were used for things like mustard, honey, or syrup depending on the meal.

A silver tea service would be used for guests. In addition to the tea pot, there are a sugar bowl, creamer, butter dish, and candle holders.

Though the kitchen light fixture is now electrified, it is an old one and once burned kerosene.

Shelves are above the kitchen dry sink. They carry odds and ends that are needed in the kitchen such as canned goods, dry mustard and herbs.

The high shelves were probably not originally in our kitchen. They are there to show visitors a variety of things that would have been kept in the pantry. There is a spice box on the wall and the big copper pot for laundry has a wash board inside.