Fly Brush: A fly brush of paper strips tied to the end of a cane
would be waved over those eating at the kitchen table to shoo away flies. Shooing
away flies was typically the work of young children. A fly brush, made of peacock
feathers, is also located in the dining room. Pieces of cloth tied over the
mouths of storage jars kept flies out of stored preserved food and pierced tin
panels kept them out of food safes while allowing air to circulate. Why would
flies be such a problem in kitchens during the 19th century?
Photo courtesy of Lexington County MuseumReturn to Kitchen