The warm and cozy kitchen in a rural Victorian home was the center of family activity. The stove burned coal, wood or cobs. It not only cooked food but also heated water and boiled laundry. In the winter, the stove gave warmth, in the summer, it made the room uncomfortably hot. The “ice box,” the forerunner of the refrigerator, was often made to look like furniture in the popular Golden Oak finish. Family size “ice boxes” held about 90-100 pounds of ice.
Glassware in the Victorian kitchen ranged from tableware to lighting devices. Glass rolling pins, fly traps, scoops, and washboards were just some of the unusual glass items to be found.