A kettle of water could usually be found heating on a cast-iron stove in the late-nineteenth-century kitchen. Cast-iron kettles, like this one, were made with an indented bottom that fitted into the lid hole on top of the stove. They were very heavy: this one weighs 9 pounds when empty and 18 pounds when filled with water.
Illinois State Museum purchase (1992.42)
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