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Tackling the household laundry was a long and laborious process for the Victorian housewife.
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Wash day was hard work.

  • Wooden Dolly Peg: This 91cm-high dolly made of sycamore would be used to plunge and spin the grime out of clothes in a washtub. Interesting to note that the design of the handle is uneven in length to allow spinning (an action washing machines replicate today).
  • Wooden Laundry Tongs: A pair of wooden tongs, essential protection for mixing and pulling items of clothing from the boiling copper or boiler. 38cm long with galvanised steel spring.
  • Carpet Beater: A 75cm willow tool, ideal for role play as an energetic feature of many homes of the period. As a history mystery for younger children, this has been known to serve up to eight functions including a rat chaser!
  • Laundry Brush: This type of very tough, bristled brush was one of the items used for removing stubborn stains from clothes. Other uses include attending to many of the kitchen surfaces.

  • Carbolic Soap: Carbolic soap would have been used as a general disinfectant to clean anything from clothes to floors. Sold in long bars, pieces would be cut off as and when required. Approx 30cm.


Customer Reviews

  • 4/5 stars
    09 Jun 2016

  • 5/5 stars
    03 Jun 2016

    "Brilliant,Carnt beat the old style wooden tongs."

  • 4/5 stars
    05 Feb 2016

    OK - we'll see how they last

  • 1/5 stars
    08 Sep 2015

    "I returned it. This was a travesty of a dolly peg. I remember using a dolly peg as a child in our no-electricity house, and I can tell you the bottom round bit was too small, the pegs were not flared out and the top handles were too wide and altogether out of proportion. It seemed to me that it had been adapted to fit the packaging."

    Our Response "We would like to thank you for your recent feedback. We love to hear from our customers, whether it be good or bad. I can assure you that these comments will be passed on and investigated for you. A member of our customer services team will be in contact with you shortly. Kind Regards"
  • 2/5 stars
    16 Aug 2014

    Not of the quality expected from the price