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Longcase Clock (non-working)
Early 18th cent. onwards. Also known as a grandfather clock. The cases of country clocks were mostly oak with a square head and without much ornament. Early 30-hour clocks were wound up by pulling the chain of one weight within the central column. Later 8-day clocks were wound with a key.
1/24th - £20
Wall Clock (non-working)
Mid 19th cent. onwards. A very popular clock that was hung from the wall and largely replaced the more expensive grandfather clock. They had 30-hour or 8-day movements and were weight driven. Most of them were exported from the New England states of America where they were one of the first examples of American mass production.
1/24th - £15
15th cent. (Tudor). In the large kitchens of the wealthy, before mechanical jacks were introduced, a boy was employed to turn the roasting meat on a spit over the fire. To screen him from the heat, a wet straw archery target was attached to a pole for him to sit behind.
1/24th - £9
Wooden Trenchers (set of 4)
15th cent. (Tudor). A square piece of wood with a circular hollow carved into the centre to hold the food. Some had a small hollow in one corner to hold a small amount of salt. This may be from where we get the phrase ‘to eat a square meal’.
Tudor Spinning Wheel, Great Wheel or Walking Wheel
15th cent. (Tudor). It is believed that the first spinning wheel (charkha) was developed in India as early as 500 BC. It was not until the middle ages that it reached Europe and probably came to Britain from Holland. The Great Wheel is so called because it was usually over 5 feet tall. The spindle turned many times for each turn of the large wheel. The spinner turned the wheel clockwise with the right hand whilst holding the wool in the left hand. The spinner walked backwards, drawing the wool away from the spindle.
Spinning Wheel and Spinning Chair
19th cent. onwards. Most farms spun their own wool and so owned a spinning wheel. Originally, the wheel was hand-turned but later it had a treadle fitted to enable both hands to be used to wind and twist the wool. The spinning chair was designed to be very low with a high back and three legs.
1/24th - £30
Ash Box (with ashes)
16th cent. (Tudor). Based on one found in the wreckage of the Mary Rose. Used for carrying hot ashes from the fire.
1/24th - £5
16th cent. (Tudor). Hung on the wall to keep away from rats and mice.
1/24th - £6
18th cent. (Georgian)
1/24th - £3
Commonly found upon the kitchen range.
1/24th - £4
Bread Board & Rolling Pin
19th cent. (Victorian) onwards.
1/24th - £1.50
1930s. Black Bakelite telephone with a rotary dial.
1/24th - £4