Ice Box Home Use 1880s, Three Doors, Ice, Meat and Food Compartments.

  • $299.99 CAD

Ice Box For Home Use, 1880s, Three Doors, First Compartment For Ice Block, Below The Ice Box The Meat Compartment and Drip Tray, Long Door, Has Three Compartments To Store Your Perishable Food. 


The Block Of Ice Fitted Into The Zinc-Lined Compartment at Left. Cold Air Circulated Downward To Keep Food Cool. The Small Door Below The Ice Chamber was The Meat Compartment, always The Coldest Part Of The Box. Long Door To The Right, Has Three Compartments To Store Your Perishable Food, As The Ice Melted, Water accumulated In a Drip Tray Or Bucket That Had To Be Emptied, Often By The Iceman When He Loaded a Fresh Block Of Ice Every One Or Two Days. 


By the 1880s the last of the major technological changes to the Vic­tor­ian kit­chen had become a feature of most Amer­ican kitchens, the icebox.

A patent for an icebox of sorts was granted to a Maryland farmer named Thomas Moore in 1803. Mr Moore, like many of his generation, including Thomas Jefferson, was a jack of many trades, including inventor, surveyor, engineer, and businessman.

He invented the icebox out of necessity to keep his butter from spoiling while it was being transported to market. His idea was simple. Place a tin box full of butter inside a larger cedar box filled with ice, and wrap the box with rabbit fur to insulate it. Fortunately for the rabbit population of rural Maryland, 

By the 1840s iceboxes were being manufactured by local carpenters in a variety of sizes and shapes and after the end of the Civil War in 1865, they were being mass-produced in factories by companies such as Champion, White Clad, and Gibson. Many manufacturers were local or regional and associated with an ice house that sold inexpensive home iceboxes as a way of increasing the market for its ice.

Item Code - KIT7A166BAG

Width: 15 3/4"  Height: 18 1/4"  Depth: 6"  Weight: 5.443 kg

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