Homebrew and Big Boots
Curator's Choice: In cold weather, in Mere, residents not only reached for the homebrew but the big boot as well
"When we were given this object, made of copper and brass, we were uncertain what it was.
"Enquiries revealed that it was a 'Boot Ale Warmer'. In cold weather, home-brewed beer in a mug was put into the conical section of the boot, and the projection pushed into the fire. Such ale-warmers were widely used in the Georgian period."
An Early Ad
"This white plaster model horse with a collar, stood in the shop window of harness maker George Stone, Castle Street, Mere, Wiltshire until 1956, as an advertisement for his wares.
"It's 41 cm high. When it came to the museum its tail was broken, but it has now been repaired by the County Conservation Service. In preparation for the repair, the horse was subjected to an x-ray in order to see if the horse had been made using a metal armature. The museum now has the x-ray pictures in its possession!"
Jenny Sheppard Wilding - Hon Curator
last updated: 03/12/2008 at 16:41