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Burnt china – 2nd April 2017

Another 18th century inventory that came my way recently made mention of “Six Burnt China Plates, One Burnt China Tea Pott” This was a term I hadn’t come across before, and puzzled me.  To burn a plate might be careless, … Continue reading

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And so to bed (2) – 10th April 2017

Another inventory, another new term – what is a ‘Millpuff bed’?  One worthy Bristol merchant appeared to have several of them in his house. A millpuff bed is a mattress stuffed with ‘millpuff’, which is a coarse type of wool … Continue reading

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One brass hearth & creepers, brass slice and tongs”….. – 5th March 2017

“One brass hearth & Creepers brass Slice and Tongs  –     £01      01s        00d” While working on transcription of an inventory recently I found myself wondering ‘what is a creeper’ in relation to a hearth?  It was not a word … Continue reading

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Time for ….. tea, coffee, chocolate? – 12th March 2017

I have recently come across several inventories that tell me that in the kitchen are to be found a coffee pot and a chocolate pot, as well as the tea kettle.  I have tea pots and coffee pots in my … Continue reading

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Huckaback or Harateen? 19th March 2017

Inventories often feel to me like someone opening wide their front door and inviting me in to their homes, to have a good old nose around.  They can bring  to life the social history of different periods, give you a … Continue reading

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In the kitchen, one dog wheel – 12th February 2017

A 1732 Bristol merchant’s inventory has ‘In the Kitchen’ “One Dogg wheel in a frame” – valued at 6 shillings. Knowing that there are ‘fire dogs’, metal bars for resting logs on in the hearth, I began by assuming that … Continue reading

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How many kilderkins in a hogshead – 5th February 2017

Inventories frequently throw up unusual words. You may well have heard of hogsheads, but do you know now many kilderkins equate to a hogshead?  Or how many firkins in a kilderkin?  I didn’t, so thought I should find out. It … Continue reading

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