In the New Cabinet – The Baker Shelf

One of the reasons that we have a new display cabinet – bringing more life and interest to our upstairs room – is because a member of the Baker family, who lived in Canada, left the museum a legacy in honour of her grandfather, John Baker of Market Lavington. John was a tinsmith and trader as well as being a prize winning sharp shooter with the local Loyal Volunteers, and being ever ready to turn out with the Market Lavington fire engine. The picture shows the Baker shelf.

Baker shelf in the new display cabinet at Market Lavington Museum

One of the items has already been featured on this blog but it has not been on display before because it is a new gift and that’s the pair of scales that the family used.

Another new item is a lovely little brooch containing a lock of hair. This belonged to John’s daughter, Mabel. She was born in 1883 in Market Lavington.

Several of John’s children emigrated to Canada and other items on this shelf have made a round trip, from Market Lavington to remote spots in Canada and back again. There are various items of enamel ware which might have been sold by John Baker, but these pieces were kept by the family and used. There’s also an autograph book sent from Market Lavington to Canada by John’s daughter, Mollie as a 1912 Christmas gift for her sister, Amy, who had already emigrated.

Photos of the family form a backdrop on this shelf.

We have, in the museum, a folder full of photos and information about this family. Do ask to see it when you visit the museum.


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2 Responses to “In the New Cabinet – The Baker Shelf”

  1. A Presentation Tankard « Market Lavington Museum Says:

    […] Amongst their members was John Baker. A shelf in one cabinet is devoted to his family and you can read about it here. […]

  2. Cups and Saucers « Market Lavington Museum Says:

    […] belonged to the Baker family who lived at the hardware shop which was next to Woodland Yard. John Baker was a tinsmith and also traded in enamel ware. After John died, some of the family emigrated to […]

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