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B PLATFORM

1 Fancy stove

Cast iron, early 19th century. This stove is particular in that the fire can be seen through openings on one side. Marked with the initials “F. St. M.” and Neoclassical decoration that includes a symbolic British lion, it contains a small baking or heating oven. The casting foundry, Forges du Saint-Maurice, had clearly adapted to the British fondness for watching the fire burn.


Located near Trois-Rivières, Forges du Saint-Maurice was Canada’s first industrial complex, oper- ating from 1738 to 1883.


Anonymous gift RC-1980-L60-25


2. Chair

Pine, mid-19th century. Quebec-style straight chair. Wooden seat, three-slat back. Made in the Charlevoix region. In pencil on the underside of one of the two seat planks: “F. Bourgeois” (?) and a flower motif.


Gift of Robert Picard RF-1983-L4-33


3. Hand seeder

Pine, metal and leather, 19th century. Used to sow cereal crops. Shaker style (U.S. Northeast). Separate compartments, perforated tin bottom. Equipped with a leather strap, an iron handle and a crank connected to a strip of wood with zigzag notches. Working the crank causes the seeds to fall through the holes.


Anonymous gift RF-1974-L1-38


4. Fireplace insert

Cast iron, 19th century. This insert was installed in the Maison’s west ground-floor fireplace. Inserts were of British origin and served mainly to burn coal. They were very popular in English- speaking and French-speaking bourgeois homes in the first half of the 19th century. Contrary to wood-burning stoves, they offered a view of the fire. RG-2004-001-1.2


5. Part of a fireplace insert

Cast iron, 19th century. This object found during archaeological excavation was originally identified as the door of a bread oven. Later documentation of the fireplace insert (No. 4) proved it to be part of this appliance. AR-2000-166