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Chimney swee

Description:

During the early part of the Victorian period, food was cooked on a fire in an open hearth. The open fire was central to cooking throughout the nineteenth century, and it prevailed in many rural homes well into the twentieth century.

 

Chimney cranes would be used to suspend cooking pots and kettles over the fire and were made to be able to turn so the distance from the fire could be controlled.

 

This chimney crane has a vertical bar with a recess at each end for securing it. The horizontal section at the top is for hanging cooking pots. It is supported by a curved section and is designed to swing towards the heat source.

Materials/Media:
cast iron
Dimensions:
length 605mm, height 470mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:0207.119
Digital Number:
DMDM086n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council