Shopping Like It’s 1860

Let’s go shopping, 1860s style. If you lived back in the Old West, chances are the tinsmith ran one of your favorite shops. To an untrained eye, entering his store might look as though you’re entering a cluttered space. But if you look closer, you’ll note the fine tools, the specialty patterns and the intricate designs. What you’ll love most of all is the usefulness of every product.

Let’s go shopping, 1860s style. If you lived back in the Old West, chances are the tinsmith ran one of your favorite shops. To an untrained eye, entering his store might look as though you’re entering a cluttered space. But if you look closer, you’ll note the fine tools, the specialty patterns and the intricate designs. What you’ll love most of all is the usefulness of every product.

There was an art to handling tin. The fine detailed work often lent itself to women’s hands, and I can well imagine the tinsmith’s wife or daughter working just as hard as the man himself in designing the tools, the well-crafted shapes, and coming up with ideas for new products.

There was an art to handling tin. The fine detailed work often lent itself to women’s hands, and I can well imagine the tinsmith’s wife or daughter working just as hard as the man himself in designing the tools, the well-crafted shapes, and coming up with ideas for new products.

 

Here are a sampling of things available to a person in the 1860s.

Hip tubs. These were half the size of regular tubs, portable and easy to fill.

Hip tubs. These were half the size of regular tubs, portable and easy to fill.

 

Lanterns of all sorts.

Lanterns of all sorts.

 

Close-up of a lantern.

Close-up of a lantern.

 

Cookie cutters.

Cookie cutters.

 

If you lived in a cold climate, how about some duct work going from the stove to the ceiling, thereby warming the floor of the upper story above you?

If you lived in a cold climate, how about some duct work going from the stove to the ceiling, thereby warming the floor of the upper story above you?

 

Ceiling tiles, designed to your liking.

Ceiling tiles, designed to your liking.

 

You’ve probably spotted other kitchen pots and utensils for sale on the back walls. Do you have your credit card ready? What’s the first thing you’d buy?

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