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Cast iron pot made at Archibald Kenrick Ltd, West Bromwich Cast iron pot made at Archibald Kenrick Ltd, West Bromwich

Capacity 8 gallons. Part of this famous West Bromwich company's own 'museum', which is now part of our permanent collection.

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Chainmaker's Hammer Chainmaker's Hammer

Hammer used by a woman chainmaker to forge links of chain. The wooden shaft has been partially worn by repeated use, leaving behind the indent of the woman worker's fingers.

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Glede Basket Glede Basket

Basket for transporting breeze (small pieces of coke) to fuel the fires of chainmakers. Coke, derived from coal, burns with an intense heat. Locally the fuel was called ""glede"".

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Axehead Axehead

Axehead, one of the many different kinds of edge tool manufactured by Edward Elwell Limited of Wednesbury.

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Kenrick Saucepan Kenrick Saucepan

Saucepan, manufactured by Archibald Kenrick & Sons of West Bromwich. As can be seen from the firm's paper label, they exhibited this example in Paris in 1900.

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Lead Pattern Lead Pattern

Lead pattern of a lady in traditional Welsh dress, used to create a sand mould for casting a horse brass. This pattern was created and used at the brass foundry in Shaw Street, Walsall.

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Accles & Pollock Filigree Accles & Pollock Filigree

Filigree composed of cross sections of tubes, manufactured by Accles and Pollock of Oldbury. The firm produced the filigree for the 1939 World Trade Fair in New York.

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Pattern Pattern

Wooden pattern for a water pump, manufactured by Joseph Evans & Sons of Wolverhampton.

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Stencil Stencil

Stencil used at Sidebotham's animal trap works, Wednesfield, for marking up goods ready for export.

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Charcoal Iron Charcoal Iron

Charcoal iron manufactured by Archibald Kenrick & Sons, West Bromwich. The inside is hollow so that it can be filled with smouldering coals, keeping it hot whilst ironing.

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Pig Iron Samples Pig Iron Samples

Display samples of pig iron, from the Earl of Dudley's Round Oak Steelworks, Brierley Hill. The works were demolished in 1984.

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Penfold Pillar Box Penfold Pillar Box

Pillar box manufactured by Cochrane, Grove & Co. of Dudley.

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Paper Knife Paper Knife

Detail of a brass paper knife handle, by Victor Castings of Dudley Port.

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Billiard Table Iron No. 3 Billiard Table Iron No. 3

Cast iron, for pressing the cloth of a billiard table, manufactured by Archibald Kenrick & Sons of West Bromwich.

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Shovel Shovel

Shovel, manufactured by Yardley of Stourbridge.

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Sad Iron Sad Iron

Sad iron, manufactured by J. & J. Siddons of West Bromwich.

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Paperweight Paperweight

Cast iron paperweight no. 12, manufactured by Archibald Kenrick & Sons, West Bromwich.

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Bottle Jack Bottle Jack

Bottle jack, manufactured by Salters of West Bromwich. The clockwork mechanism inside this jack spins the wheel at the bottom, and so rotates the meat to roast it evenly.

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Price List Price List

Prices of wrought nails, manufactured by the Oldbury Nail Company, 1884.

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Letterhead Letterhead

Letterhead of Eyland & Sons of Walsall, manufacturers of buckles and other metal fittings.

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Trap Trap

Rat trap, manufactured in Wednesfield, collected by the Museum from an ironmongers in Bewdley.

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Forging Shackles Forging Shackles

Forging shackles.

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Rolling Mill Rolling Mill

This rolling mill at the Black Country Living Museum was originally installed at Birchley Rolling Mills Ltd, Birchley Lane, Oldbury in 1923. It stayed in use there until 1976, when British Steel took the decision to move away from hand rolling.

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A foundry pattern 'tree' A foundry pattern 'tree'

The product being cast is nutcrackers, part of a range of domestic hardware made by Victor Castings in Tipton

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Anchor Forge Anchor Forge

Anchor forge at the Black Country Living Museum. The structures, including a 1.5 ton steam hammer, furnace and chimney, were all collected from Isaiah Preston of Cradley Heath.

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A cast iron Italian or goffering iron A cast iron Italian or goffering iron

Used to iron ruffs in bonnets etc. Heat comes from a hot poker inserted into the tube. Made by Archibald Kenrick and Sons of West Bromwich.

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A cast iron trivet for a grate A cast iron trivet for a grate

One of many trivet designs made by Archibald Kenrick and Sons, West Bromwich.

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A food mincer A food mincer

The design dates from the 1950s and is part of the Kenrick product collection, now donated to the museum

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Potato masher Potato masher

Made by Archibald Kenrick and Sons West Bromwich. The potato is crushed through a sieve. The masher or 'ricer' as it was sometimes called was introduced in 1884.

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Enamel pudding basin Enamel pudding basin

Made by Judge Enamelware Cradley Heath and one of many examples of this company's products saved by a former employee. The green and cream finish was adopted by Judge in the 1930s.

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Enamelware vases Enamelware vases

Made by Hill and Son Lye and part of a large collection of this company's products saved by a former employee when the company closed in the late 1960s. The novel multicoloured finish would make them stand out from competitors' products. They seem - at least to the writer - to imitate the finish of plastics in use...

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Enamel slop bucket Enamel slop bucket

Made by Hill and Son of Lye, this is part of a large collection of this company's products saved by a former employee when the company closed in the late 1960s

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Wooden pattern for a household water pump Wooden pattern for a household water pump

This example comes from Evans Pumps Wolverhampton, who exported domestic, agricultural and industrial pumps throughout the British Empire.

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Sample in the Archibald Kenrick Collection Sample in the Archibald Kenrick Collection

Kenrick became one of the leading manufacturers of domestic hardware in the UK. Its possible that this piece was used to test the effectiveness of an enamel coating on kettle interiors. The original label reads, ""sample of 'silicate' enamel upon kettle turned inside and spout sand blasted. Nov 1948""

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Cast iron saucepan made at Archibald Kenrick Ltd, West Bromwich Cast iron saucepan made at Archibald Kenrick Ltd, West Bromwich

The item was part of this famous West Bromwich company's own 'museum', which is now part of our permanent collection. A label dated 1888-9 suggests that it may have been displayed at an exhibition at Melbourne. Kenrick certainly went on to develop a substantial business in Australia and New Zealand.

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Steel Paper Knife Steel Paper Knife

A steel commemorative paper knife from Round Oak Steelworkds in Brierley hill. The inscription on the handle reads 'Made out of the initial cast on 10th April 1958 from the first electric melting furnace built in Great Britian fot the manufacture of tonnage steel'

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R Sykes Britannic Anchor, model R Sykes Britannic Anchor, model

Miniature brass anchor with inscription on shank R. SYKES & SON CRADLEY HEATH/ THE 'BRITANNIC'.These model anchors are thought to be commercial traveller's samples. The anchor is a 'stockless type' designed for easy stowage in the hawser. The joint is a 'ball and socket' type, similar to the one used on the Baldt...

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Hand grenade ashtray Hand grenade ashtray

An ashtray made from a World War One hand grenade casting.

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Kenrick Collection Notice Kenrick Collection Notice

The Kenrick Collection is in the process of being re-catalogued, it is temporarily unavailable for public consultation. The re-cataloguing is likely to take at least two to three months due to the large volumes of material to catalogue. Any enquires about the Kenrick Collection

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1790 John Wilkinson Token 1790 John Wilkinson Token

This coin Halfpenny token struck by 18th century industrialist and inventor John Wilkinson, who played a major part in the construction of the famous 'Iron Bridge' in Shropshire. After 1775 the Royal Mint suspended the striking of copper coins and therefore the need for small change had to be answered by the issue...

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