Aumbry, Dole or Livery Cupboard kit (with opening door)
14th cent. (Medieval) onwards.
A food cupboard with gothic piercings to keep the food aired and fresh. The inside of these piercings were covered with cloth to keep flies and other insects from entering. Used in churches, called dole cupboard, to keep the food alms to be doled out to the poor. In large Tudor homes additional food and lighting materials were ‘delivered’ to the rooms of each member of the household and kept in these cupboards, hence the term livery cupboard.
1/24th - £11
Boarded Chest kit (with lift off lid)
12th cent. (Medieval). Little more than a box raised off the floor. The front and rear horizontal pieces were nailed onto the vertical end pieces. Unfortunately, over time, these end pieces would shrink and the front and rear panels would crack and split.
1/24th - £5.50
Panelled Chest kit (with lift off lid)
16/17th cent. (late Tudor/Stuart) onwards. To overcome the problem with the front and rear pieces cracking, the panelled chest was made. The panels were held loosely within frames, enabling each panel to shrink without splitting.
1/24th - £9
Chicken Dresser kit (with lifting coop door)
19th cent. (Victorian) onwards. Hens will not lay in the cold, so they were brought indoors during the winter to encourage laying or to hatch chicks. The central section of the dresser lifted up to allow the hens in and out of the coop. This one is based upon one used by my grandparents during the First World War.
1/24th - £15
Spice Cupboard kit (with opening door)
A small cupboard used to keep the spices dry. Usually kept near the fire or range to ensure the spices remained dry.
1/24th - £5