Mrs. Mary Daily Conwell brought her china from Ireland to Westport in 1843 when she married Dr. John Conwell. The china was most probably made in Lancashire, England between 1820 and 1860. Gaudy Welsh is part of a decorative style which started in Imari, Japan. It was exported to the United States and sold well among the Welsh Americans who named it Gaudy Welsh.
Gaudy Welsh China
Beautiful glass work probably from the early 20th century. It was given to the Museum by Bill Wenning.
Cut Glass Pitcher
Cream background with violets. Given to the Museum from the Batterton family.
Limoges Sugar and Cream Set
This stove was made at the Watson Foundry in the late 19th century. Mr. R. H. Watson was in business on the site of the Old Carnegie Library between 1870 and 1900.
Cast Iron Stove
Cooks in the 19th century weighed their ingredients rather than using cups and spoons so a well regulated kitchen always had at least one pair of scales. Fannie Farmer, in the 1890’s, in her popular cookbook changed the measurements from scales to cups and spoons. This was readily adopted by American cooks.
Sugar was sold in cones until the late 19th century. Sugar is made from sugar cane and is “cooked down” and let mold into different sizes of cones. You would then use sugar nips, a plier-like tool, to break off the sugar you needed.