Shallow milk pans with flaring shoulders were common household items until the mid-1800s. Milk was allowed to sit until the cream had risen to the top and could be easily removed with a shallow spoon or skimmer. Glass pans were advertised as "preferable to all others" because they were "non-conductors" and therefore kept the milk "uninfluenced by storms or climate."
Milk pan, 1800-1850
Gift of Mrs. Amos Richardson, Springfield, IL (701809)
© Illinois State Museum 31-Dec-96