Hackney Workhouse pewter bowl

 
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Object

Bowl

Title

Hackney Workhouse pewter bowl

Production date

1880 = 1910

Material

Pewter

Dimensions

height (Whole): 60mm
width (whole): 165mm
depth (whole): 135mm

Description

This pewter bowl was used in the Hackney Workhouse, where people who were unable to support themselves could work in exchange for food and a bed. Supported by the local parish, authorities tried to keep the cost of running the workhouse low, and were slow to upgrade facilities. In a report on Hackney Workhouse in 1866, the pewter plates are described as "old and repulsive" . A female resident of the workhouse remembers pewter utensils still in use between 1910 - c.1920, before being gradually exchanged for white enamel.

Object number

1989.104

On display?

Yes
 

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