Window display #5 Kitchen miscellany

At n. 1 we can see a classic French baguette cutter from the late nineteenth century, around which we find numerous butchery tools and cutting tools ranging from the late eighteenth to the late nineteenth century, including knives, knife sharpener, cleavers and a beautiful large cutting board that you would have found in any nineteenth-century butcher’s shop (n. 2). At n. 3 you can admire one of the very first, if not the first ever, cooking game for children understood as “a game with its box, its packaging, its cookbook and child-friendly tools”, published around 1898 in Ravensburg. At n. 4 there is a splendid bain-marie cooking pot in copper and ceramic of French production of the late eighteenth century, and next to this pot (n. 5) a large Kent multiple sharpeners, dating back to around 1890: of English manufacture, with an internal circular whetstone that turns thanks to the operation of the crank, managing to sharpen up to 5 knives at the same time. At no. we find a large French cake pan from the end of the nineteenth century. In the other half of the showcase we find other cake pans, including a field military one at n. 7. Surely among the rarest and most interesting objects in the showcase we must mention a series of monastic table bowls: those identified by n. 8, coming from a monastic refectory, probably Benedictine, and one dating back to the early years of the eighteenth century, and the other to the middle of the same century. They are of two dimensions, justified by the fact that one was for the friars / monks who carried out tasks of prayer or work that did not involve a huge physical effort (e.g., copyist), the second, on the other hand, of a larger size, was intended to those who worked in the fields or carried out more physical and hard jobs, following the traditional Benedictine rule “ora et labora”. Opening them you can easily understand how one part was used as a soup dish and the other part as a bread dish. The finely decorated bowl at n. 9 dates back to the end of the eighteenth century and comes from a convent for women. These bowls are very rare, as being objects of daily use, when broken they were replaced and never restored. At n. 10, on the other hand, we find a beautiful Rosier coal stove from 1880, with its hot water tap.

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