RUSTIC VINTAGE MALLEYS WASHING COPPER BOILER
Dusty from storage
Rust consistent with age and non use
Selling in as is condition
Unsure if it’s working in. Urgent condition
85cm High was 43vm tub 41cm High
Copper 46cm Deep
Functional and decorative
Renovate to use
Props for film theatre etc
free-standing or portable type, it has an enamelled metal exterior that supported the inner can or copper. The bottom part was adapted to hold a gas burner,
Superior models could have a drawing-off tap, and a steam-escape pipe that lead into the flue.
It was used for domestic laundry. Linen and cotton were placed in the copper and were boiled to whiten them. Clothes were agitated within the copper with a washing dolly, a vertical stick with either a metal cone or short wooden legs on it. After washing, the laundry was lifted out of the boiling water using the washing dolly or a similar device, and placed on a strainer resting on a laundry tub or similar container to capture the wash water and begin the drying and cooling process. The laundry was then dried with a mangle and then line-dried.
Meticulous care was taken to avoid rust, and grease. In cases of the latter it could be cleaned with paraffin or soft soap. Water was always put in the copper before it was lit. In the case of solid fuel, a small shovel of hot coals would be brought from the main kitchen fire and coke shovelled on top.
- Date Listed:14/01/2020
- Last Edited:14/01/2020
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