Posts Tagged ‘kitchen’

Kitchen Scales

February 23, 2011

Homes, up and down the country have scales in the kitchen. Recpies require ingredients to be weighed so a pair of scales is an essential for any cook. These days scales may well be all electronic, with digital readouts and, possibly, audio indications when the correct weight is reached. Many homes, though, still use good, old fashioned balances like the ones we have in Market Lavington Museum. The scales can be found on our kitchen table  along with many other items of kitchen ware.

Kitchen scales, formerly used by the Welch family and now at Market Lavington Museum

These kitchen scales date from about 1900 and were used, in Market Lavington, by the Welch family. Peggy Gye, our museum founder, was a Welch by birth so our Peggy probably used these scales when she was learning to cook in the 1920s.

A weight for the scales - made by Crane of Wolverhampton

The weights were also part of the same set and belonged to the Welch family as well. This one is the 4 oz (ounce) weight and was made by the Crane company of Wolverhampton. There’s a wonderful web site about this company which can be found here.

A coffee grinder

February 13, 2011

Now here’s one to set many a nose twitching.  It’s a coffee grinder, once used in the Gye household.

An Edwardian Coffee Mill at Market Lavington Museum

This was a wall-mounted grinder. Roasted coffee beans were put in the top and coffee grounds came out at the bottom. This grinder is believed to be Edwardian in age – about 100 years old.

Maker's Plate on the coffee mill

The maker’s badge says A Kenrick and Sons Patent Coffee Mill and carries a royal logo. This company were in business in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and appear to have been cast iron manufacturers. Whether it was a coffee mill, a letterbox or even the shell of a hand grenade – Kenricks were your company.

But why the twitching nose? This comes from our curator, who remembers, from childhood, the delectable smell of roasting coffee beans as he walked along his local High Street. Later, he recalls, the same pleasing aroma as he turned the handle on a wall mounted coffee mill to produce the grounds. But then, finally, came the intense disappointment as his father converted the pleasing grounds into a thick drink with an almost oily consistency and a completely unpalatable taste. Our curator still drinks weak coffee to this day.

We’d love to know more about our grinder and A Kenrick and Sons, the company. Please get in touch if you can help.