Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum . . . A Portal to the Past

 

What's It?

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What's it? - May 2018 

Gas Machine

 

Manufactured by Gilbert and Barker Mfg. Co., in Springfield, Mass., the Springfield Gas Machine, patented in 1869, converted liquid naptha into naptha gas for illumination purposes by putting the liquid under pressure until it changed into a gas.  It was then piped to the light fixtures in the house.

 

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What's it? - February 2018 

When is a chair not a chair?  When it's a ladder . . .

This wooden chair, produced in Paris, Maine, in the early 1900s, converts to a step ladder.  There is a long hook on one side of the chair which is unhooked.  The back of the chair is then flipped forward over the seat and the hook re-secured, resulting in a step ladder.

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What's it? - August 2017

 

Potato Masher

 

A very well used one . . .

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What's it? - May 2017

 

A Napkin Press

 

Napkin presses were first used by the Romans.  Pressure on cloth flattens it and gives it a sheen.  Presses were used on both freshly washed linen and for recently used linen to "refresh" it before re-use.  Presses were made into the 19th century.