Furnishings

What furniture and fittings would you have found in the kitchen of Victorian and Edwardian houses?

The key items of furniture were a work table, two or more Windsor-style armchairs, and a dresser. There would be a rug on the floor.

Utensils were needed for making a wide range of recipes, as well as bottling, preserving, jam-making, and pickling. Some households also made wines and cordials.

Mrs Beeton suggested the following as a list of basic kitchen utensils:

   
£
shillings
pence

1

Tea-kettle

 

6

6

1

Toasting fork

 

1

0

1

Bread grater

 

1

0

1

Pair Brass Candlesticks

 

3

6

1

Teapot and Tray

 

6

6

1

Bottle-jack

 

9

6

6

Spoons

 

1

6

2

Candlesticks

 

2

6

1

Candle box

 

1

4

6

Knives and Forks

 

5

3

2

Sets of Skewers

 

1

0

1

Meat Chopper

 

1

9

1

Cinder-sifter

 

1

3

1

Coffee Pot

 

2

3

1

Colander

 

1

6

3

Block-tin Saucepans

 

5

9

5

Iron Saucepans

 

12

0

1

Ditto and Steamer

 

6

6

1

Large Boiling Pot

 

10

0

4

Iron Stewpans

 

8

9

1

Dripping-pan and Stand

 

6

6

1

Dustpan

 

1

0

1

Fish and Egg Slice

 

1

9

2

Fish Kettles

 

10

0

1

Flour Box

 

1

0

3

Flat-irons

 

3

6

2

Frying Pans

 

4

0

1

Grid-iron

 

2

0

1

Mustard Pot

 

1

0

1

Salt Cellar

 

0

8

1

Pepper Box

 

0

6

1

Pair of Bellows

 

2

0

3

Jelly Moulds

 

8

0

1

Plate Basket

 

5

6

1

Cheese Toaster

 

1

10

1

Coal Shovel

 

2

6

1

Wood Meat-screen

 

30

0

 

Total

8

11

1

 

Some households would also have had:

  • coffee grinder
  • copper saucepans
  • skillets
  • skimmers
  • sieves

There were also:

  • moulds for jelly
  • preserving pan
  • bread tins
  • milk bowls