Tackling the household laundry was a long and laborious process for the Victorian housewife.
The replicas in this set will provide plenty of ideas for history mystery, enquiry opportunities and role play.
•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.