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This miniature dredger is taken from the kitchen of the dolls' house originally owned by Lady Anne Blackett. Dredgers were made from tin, brass and pewter. They were used to sprinkle breadcrumbs, flour, spices and seasoning over joints of meat. This layer helped to retain the meat juices as the joint was spit-roasted. Parents would sometimes use dolls' houses to prepare their children for domestic life. Lady Blackett may have used it to educate her daughter, also named Anne, in how to run a country household. A wealthy family like the Blacketts would have had servants to cook their meals for them.
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