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Cooking with Treasures

My recent stint in the kitchen inspired me to create a collection of items that would be functional and beautiful in my imaginary kitchen. Bring a friend, we've got a Lard Press.

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: sj3

cooking containers | copper
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Exhibit notes: Looks handy for measuring stuff.

Museum record: 1.67.273A/B | ca. 1890 | H: 8 in, Diameter: 7 in | Credit Line: Gift of The Coe Foundation. Copper cooking containers with rounded handles, very plain, c. 1890. Gift of above source, 1967 catalog no. 268a. | 1.67.273B.jpg | 1.67.273a.jpg | 1.67.273b.jpg | plain | cooking containers | copper

knife | metal | handle | woo...
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Exhibit notes: The Green River knife is the original Chef Classic!

Museum record: NA.102.76 | L: 8.625 in, width: 1.125 in | Chandler-Pohrt Collection, Gift of Mr. William D. Weiss. | Stamped on blade: Green River I. Wilson sycamorest Shefield England hand forged, On tape on other side of blade: 2529 | Utensils and implements - Hunting. Knife - butcher knife, metal blade, wooden handle, new. | NA.102.76.JPG | na.102.76.jpg | knife | metal | handle | wooden | blade

knife | blade | steel | wood...
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Exhibit notes: Spare knife in case someone wants to help me cook.

Museum record: NA.102.128 | L: 9.75 in, width: 1.25 in | Stamped on blade: J. Russell and Co. Green River Works | Utensils and implements - Hunting. Knife - wooden handle; curved steel blade. | na.102.128.JPG | na.102.128.jpg | knife | blade | steel | wood | handle

press, lard | cast | iron
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Exhibit notes: Lard = delicious. Period.

Museum record: 1.69.5769.1 | H: 17.375 in, width: 11 x 7.25 in, Diameter: 7.25 in | Gift of Juanita Willcutt in memory of my husband, Harey W. Willcutt | Enterprise Mfg. Co. Phila PA Made in US of America 2070 | Cast iron and other metals, circular press with legs with holes for attaching to the surface | 1.69.5769.1.JPG | press, lard | cast | iron

kettle | copper
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Exhibit notes: Very large tea kettle for a very large tea party!

Museum record: 1.67.274A/B | ca. 1870 | H: 17.25 in, Diameter: 12 in | stamped on handle, (illegible) | Credit Line: Gift of The Coe Foundation. Very large copper tea kettle with covered spout and rounded handle, lide with round ring on top, c. 1870. Stamped on handle, (illegible). Gift of above source, 1967 catalog no. 266. (A) lid, (B) kettle. | 1.67.274ab.jpg | kettle | copper

kettle | tripod | iron | met...
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Exhibit notes: Complete with tripod.

Museum record: NA.106.252 | Diameter: 9.375 in, H: 6.75 in | Utensils and implements - Household. Iron kettle - with metal tripod and chain to hang over a fire. | NA.106.252.JPG | NA.106.252.JPG | kettle | tripod | iron | metal

kettle | glass | tin
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Exhibit notes: A nearly complete Milligan Army Mess Kettle. 24 pcs. including plates, cups, and spare bucket. You've got to read the remarks for this one!

Museum record: 1.69.6545 | 1/20/1863 | H: 11.375 in, wide at widest point: 11.75 in, H: 12.625 in, L: 11.5 in, H: 2.25 in, H: 5.3125 in, L: 4.9375 in, diameter at narrowest: 4.0625 in, diameter at widest: 5 in, Diameter: 4 in, H: 1 in, overall height: 9.25 in, H: 4.5 in, Diameter: 4.125 in, H: 8.375 in, width: 2.5 in, L: 3.75 in, diameter at widest: 3.75 in, diameter at narrowest: 3.5 in, L: 4.875 in, H: 2.625 in, Diameter: 9.0625 in, depth: 1 in, diameter at widest: 3.625 in, diameter at narrowest: 2.75 in, H: 2.375 in, H: 2.5 in, Diameter: 1.5 in, H: 2.09375 in, L: 7.75 in, H: 8.75 in, wide at widest point: 2.625 in, L: 7.75 in, H: 4.75 in, wide at widest point: 2.75 in, L: 7.75 in, H: 4 in, wide at widest point: 2.625 in, L: 5 | "Milligan Army Mess Kettle" | Milligan Army Mess Kettle (nearly complete) contains 24 separate pieces. a) large kettle b) lid to large kettle c) coffee kettle d) coffee kettle lid e) coffee strainer with castor f) whiskey flask g) coffee cup h-k) plates l-o) bean pots/cups p) screw-top bottle q) lid r) screw-top bottle s) lid t) screw-top bottle (missing lid) u-x) storage tins. missing: frying pan, gridiron, stew-pail and lid, detachable handle, and utensils. From Letter Patent US37456 A, dated January 20, 1863: To all whom it may concern.- Be it known that 1, JOHN G. MILLIGAN, of Elizabeth City, of Union county, in the State of New Jersey, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Camp-Kettles; and 1 do hereby declare that the following is a full and exact description thereof, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, making part of this application. My invention relates to certain improvements in that kind of apparatus designated a camp-kettle, and designed to supply the purposes of a camp-chest. Ithas been found by experience that chests, such as have been employed for containing the necessary utensils for camp use, often prove cumbersome, and that often they have been lost during quick movements, on account of being so It has long been looked upon as a great desideratum to produce some light and convenient article as a substitute for the camp chest, and to this end various kinds of camp kettles have been devised and employed, some of which have been constructed and arranged so as to embrace a minute stove and some cooking utensils. The great practical diflflculties in the production of such an article perfectly adapted to army use have been in making the camp-kettle sufficiently light and compact and have it embody all the necessary articles or implements, and also in producin g it at a reasonably small cost. My invention has for its object to overcome to a great extent, if not completely, these difficulties; and to this end my invention consists in certain novel combinations and arrangements of devices, as hereinafter fully described, whereby I am enabled to make a kettle to embody every useful and necessary utensil, while at the same time it is exceedingly light, economical, and easy of transportation. To enable those skilled in the art to make and use my invention, I will proceed to de scribe the construction and operation of one of my improved camp'kettles, referring by letters and figures to the accompanying drawings, forming part of this application, and in which-v Figure 1 is an elevation of the apparatus put up in condition to be carried or transported. Fig. 2 is a horizontal section at the line a; as, Fig. 1. Fig. 3 is a vertical section at the line g y, Fig. 2. Fig. 4 is a detail view, in perspective, of the kettle-cover. Fig. 5 is a perspective, view of a coffee-pot. Fig. 6 is a perspective view of one of the cups. Fig. 7 is a perspective view of the saucepan. Fig.8 is a side elevation of the caster. Fig. 9 is a perspective view of one of the provision-boxes. Fig. 10 is a perspective view of the liquor bottle or flask. Fig. 11 is a perspective view of one of the plates. Fig. 12 is a perspective view of the gridiron. Fig. 13 is a perspective view of the frying-pan, and Fig. 14 is a perspective View of the gridiron and frying pan handle. Wherever the same part appears in different views or figures it is designated by the same letter of reference. A is a kettle of the shape shown in the drawings. It is provided with ears a a at its top edge, in which is hung the handle a by which the kettle is carried or suspended over the fire when used to cook in. B is the lid or cover to kettle. It is made somewhat convex on top and formed with a very deep flange or rim, which shuts inside of the kettle. On one side of lid B is secured a hasp, b, which closes over the staple 0, through which staple is passed an ordinary small padlock, O, by which the lid 13 is locked on. It will be observed that the lock on one side only secures the lid B, since the flange of said lid is very deep and fits closely inside of the kettle. The lower edge of the flange of lid Bis wired to stiffen it and said lid serves the purposes of a soup-tureen, when inverted, as seen in perspective at Fig. 4. From Fig. 2 it will be seen that the shape of kettle A, in a horizontal section, is somewhat oval, and within said kettle are arranged the boxes 1) E F, leaving a square or rectangular vacancy, in which are placed the coffeepot H and other utensils, as will be presently explained. The boxes I.) E F extend from the bottom of the kettle up to the lower edge of the flange of lid B, so that when they are packed in, and the lid B in position, as seen at Figs. 1 and 3, the flange of said lid holds the boxes down The said boxes are all made with hinged covers, provided with suitable catches, (see t, Fig. 9,) and with folding handle-rings u. The box E is sufficiently large to contain fresh meat for three or four, (the apparatus being designed for a mess of three or four.) The box F is divided by a vertical partition, and in one compartment is arranged a liquor-flask, L, (see Fig. 10,) having a screwstopper, 8, while in the other compartment are readily packed four knives, four forks, four each of large and small spoons, a corkscrew, &c. The box D, I prefer to make only half the depth of E or F, and arrange under it a duplicate, with the exception that the upper one is divided by a vertical partition into two compartments for rations of sugar, 850., while the lower one is all in one to contain coffee.) In the rectangular space left between the boxes and one side of kettle are arranged numerous utensils, in the manner which I will now describe: In said space is placed a saucepan or small kettle, J, (see Fig. 3,) within which is arranged the coffee-pot H, which, with the lid V of saucepan J, on top of it, comes up about flush with the tops of boxes E D F. Over the tops of said boxes and the coffee-pot are arranged the plates 9. On top of these is placed the frying pan M and gridiron h, the whole being firmly held down in place by the cover B. The coiiee-pot H is made in three detachable parts with two strainers, so as to make coffee in the most approved and desirable process of cooking. WVithin the lower compartment of the coffee-pot are packed four coffee-cups, I; and in the middle portion of said eoff'ee'pot is arranged the complete caster K, which may be made with either three or four bottles or cruits. After the cups 1 and caster K are packed in coffeepot, there is space left to put in napkins if desired, and inside of the frying-pan M is ample room for a large towel or dish-cloth. The coffee-pot H is made with a handle formed of the two wireloops, d cl, (see Fig. 5,) arranged to turn in sleeves 19, so as to fold down onto the surface of the pot to allow it to set down in the small kettle J. In one of the corner spaces, 1 I (see Fig. 2,) is packed the handle N, which is constructed with two differentlyshaped ends, 0 and t, adapted, respectively, to the sockets j and 1', formed on frying-pan and gridiron. Thehandles of cups I are constructed in a manner similar to the handle of coffee pot, (just described,) so as to admit ofthe said cups being packed over each other, as seen in Fig. 8. The caster I propose to make, as shown, of a tin circular plate with a slight flange turned up around its circumference, suitable little buttons of solder on its lower surface for feed, and a vertical rod projecting up from its center for a handle. On said circular plate may be fastened three or four short vertical tubes or sockets, k, in which are placed the bottles 1 2 3, made with metallic screwtops, and adapted to contain mustard, pepper, salt, 800. The main kettle and receptacle A, I make of very heavy tin, while the utensils inside (and not to be subjected to so much heat) I propose to make lighter. It will be understood that all the different utensils, when packed and locked in the kettle A, as shown and described, are firmly held in position or effectually locked together, so as to prevent-any displacement. The dimensions of the kettle A are: long diameter, eleven inches; short diameter, nine inches; depth, eleven inches. Now, it will be observed that within the kettle of the above dimensions are conveniently packed the following utensils of the most approved style for a mess of four persons, viz: small kettle or saucepan, frying-pan, gridiron, soup-turcen, coffeesuitable and separate boxes for all the neces sary rations. The entire weight of the kettle with all its appurtenances is eleven pounds, and the space occupied for transportation is in accordance with the above-given dimensions of the main kettle A. I wish it to be understood that my improved camp'kettle, such as herein described, will cost but about one-fourth the amount which a camp-chest embracing the same conveniences would cost, while it is much more durable than the latter and only involves one-sixth the weight and about one-sixth the space in trans portation. The peculiar shape of the kettle A in the form of an oval is essential, as it will be found rather impractical to combine all the elements of the apparatus in any other shape of kettle with the same advantages as gained by my invention. I am aware that various articles ofmanufacture have been packed one within another, (where the nature and sizes of the article admitted of such packing), as, for instance, nest of tubs, dishes, 850.; but I wish it to be understood that there is no such system of packing articles claimed by me. My invention lies in the peculiar adaptation by construction of numerous different articles together in a particular manner for a given purpose; and WVhat I therefore claim as new in my improved camp-kettle, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is The peculiar construction of the dished cover or tureen B, and its arrangement with the kettle A, and together with the coffee-pot H, saucepan J, fryingpan M, gridiron h, plates 9, and ration-boxes D E F, in the manner and for the purpose specified. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and aflixed my seal this 3d day of September, 1862. JNO. G. MILLIGAN. [L. s.] In presence of- J. N. MGINTIRE, A. P. DEMILT. | 1.69.6545ab.jpg | 1.69.6545f.jpg | 1.69.6545g.jpg | 1.69.6545l.jpg | 1.69.6545cde.jpg | 1.69.6545h.jpg | 1.69.6545i.jpg | 1.69.6545j.jpg | 1.69.6545k.jpg | 1.69.6545m.jpg | kettle | glass | tin

Northern Plains | pipe tomah...
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Exhibit notes: I've always found the tomahawk-pipe combo functional and beautiful. Makes a great conversation piece.

Museum record: NA.504.94 | ca. 1890 | overall length: 20.25 in | Gift of Corliss C. and Audrienne H. Moseley | Ritual and Recreation: Smoking and Narcotics. Carved wooden handle/stem with ring design at bottom and checked stamped design on upper portion. Steel spearhead blade with circular bowl. | na.504.94.jpg | checked stamped design | ring design | pipe tomahawk | wood | handle | steel | bowl | blade | carved | spearhead | circular | Northern Plains

Wyoming | bowl | Gray | Red ...
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Exhibit notes: A little rough on the inside but will hold soup nonetheless.

Museum record: NA.106.478 | Prehistoric | H: 8.75 in, width: 7.75 in | Function: Utensils and implements - Household. Object: Steatite bowl blank - steatite block; outside shaped but rough; inside started by not finished; gray flecked with red. Remarks: Photographed. Source: Original Collection | NA.106.478.JPG | bowl | Gray | Red | steatite | Wyoming

bowl | painted | White | gla...
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Exhibit notes: I think I saw one like this at the Bargain Box!

Museum record: 1.69.1156 | ca. 1920 | H: 3.25 in, Diameter: 7 in | White glass bowl with green leaf design, c. 1920. | 1.69.1156.JPG | green leaf design | bowl | painted | White | glass

Wyoming | bowl | oval | stea...
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Exhibit notes: Another prehistoric bowl.

Museum record: NA.106.476 | Prehistoric | H: 11.75 in, L: 11 in, width: 9.75 in | Function: Utensils and implements - Household. Object: Steatite bowl - large oval shaped bowl; tapered sides; black color; broken and glued back together; cracks tied with rawhide; small flat base. Remarks: No information. Photographed. Source: Original Collection | NA.106.476.JPG | bowl | oval | steatite | black | Wyoming

mortar | rectangular | wood ...
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Exhibit notes: The ain't your Grandma's rolling pin.

Museum record: NA.106.482 | L: 16 in, width: 7 in, H: 4.75 in | Chandler-Pohrt Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Rrichard A. Pohrt | Utensils and implements - Household. Mortar - carved wooden bowl; heavy; rectangular; short handle at each end. | NA.106.482.JPG | na.106.482.jpg | mortar | rectangular | wood | carved

mortar | pestle | carved | r...
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Exhibit notes: A complete mortar and pestle set!

Museum record: NA.106.437 | Diameter: 5.75 in, pestle height: 3 in, pestle diameter: 1.875 in | Utensils and implements - Household. Mortar and pestle - both carved from porus rock; bowl shaped mortar with three legs; teardrop shaped pestle. | NA.106.437A&B.JPG | na.106.437.jpg | mortar | pestle | carved | rock

Northern Plains | mortar | C...
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Exhibit notes: I thought I should have a few of these for Mise en Place.

Museum record: NA.106.194 | 1870 | H: 13.75 in, diameter of top: 13.625 in | Chandler-Pohrt Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Pohrt | Utensils and implements - Household. Mortar - wooden, carved. Has base and deep bowl. | NA.106.194.JPG | mortar | Cottonwood | Northern Plains

Plains | tipi | flour sack |...
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Exhibit notes: Yep, you can fit a lot of flour in this sack.

Museum record: NA.302.275 | 1900-1930 | L: 22 in, width: 44 in | The Paul Dyck Plains Indian Buffalo Culture Collection, acquired through the generosity of the Dyck family and additional gifts of the Nielson Family and the Estate of Margaret S. Coe | Large tipi made of cotton cloth. Has 26 rocks bundles tied into the bottom edge with rope for tie downs. Two layers of cloth machine sewn together, completely covered in red/orange pigment. Two (2) hide straps 10 ft. long approx. on top edge peaks - not top flaps. Recto is colored and verso is plain. Flaps have reinforcement on the holes with heavy cotton fabric. Exterior long edges are lined with heavier canvas fabric. Bottom edge is not sewn. | na.302.275.jpg | NA.302.275.jpg | tipi | flour sack | rocks | twine rope | Cotton cloth | sugar sacks | pigment | cotton thread | ochre | canvas | Plains

Plains | fork | metal
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Exhibit notes: Hot-dogs, marshmallows, you name it.

Museum record: NA.106.942 | 19th century | L: 21 in, width: 1.25 in | The Paul Dyck Plains Indian Buffalo Culture Collection, acquired through the generosity of the Dyck family and additional gifts of the Nielson Family and the Estate of Margaret S. Coe | Metal cooking fork. Long handle, upper 1/3 flattened. Curved hook at top. Two tines, one hooked upward. | na.106.942.jpg | fork | metal | Plains

cooking fork | iron | hook |...
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Exhibit notes: One s'more for good luck.

Museum record: 1.69.961 | ca. 1890 | L: 14.5 in | Double prong iron cooking fork with hook on end. | 1.69.961.JPG | 1.69.961.JPG | cooking fork | iron | hook | double prong

Sculpture | silver
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Exhibit notes: The official Cooking Medallion.

Museum record: 11.06.546 | H: 1.75 in, width: 1.25 in, depth: 0 in, Diameter: 0 x 0 in | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | reverse: sterling | A cooking pot suspended over a fire supported by branching tree twigs, with pine cones at the rim and joined at the bottom by a ram's head. | 11.06.546.jpg | cones | fire | pot | rams | sticks | Sculpture | silver

cowboy hat | band | felt | s...
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Exhibit notes: A cowboy Chef hat.

Museum record: 1.69.2092 | brim: 3 in, H: 6 in | Inside sweat band stamped in gold: Cody Trading Co-, Other side stamped: Jake Schwoob | Stetson style felt cowboy hat with silk band. Has leather thong for chin strap. | 1.69.2092front.JPG | cowboy hat | band | felt | silk | leather | thong

bell | iron
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Exhibit notes: Everyone loves to hear the dinner bell ring.

Museum record: 1.69.2384 | L: 29.25 in, width: 22 in, diameter of rod: 1.5 in | Large iron triangle dinner bell of octagonal rod, eyebolt with screw end curved into a circle attaches bell to iron strap hanger. | 1.69.2384.JPG | bell | iron