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Water Kettle

Display: Fire and Heat
Culinary Technique: heat transfer

Date: c. 1870

Dimensions: 11" h x 11" w x 8" d

Such traditional kettles boiled water daily across the land. The smaller diameter of its base enabled it to fit securely into the burner hole of a stove. Notice how the spout swoops gracefully around the kettle.

The swing-out lid with handle, made by Shinnick & Co., Zanesville, Ohio, and patented June 23, 1863, replaced the kettle's original lid. Kitchen utensils were often repaired to last longer and their parts recycled.