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The early version of a swizzle stick, taken from a number of originals, ours are curly maple with a horn button top. They measure about 3/4 by 6 1/2 long, size will vary a little.
Flip Knife (two shown above)
A delicate version of a mulling iron used to warm up a delicate glass of flip, or mulled wine, or whatever. Copied from numerous originals, ours are 16 inches long with a 3/4 x 3 thin blade, fully made from forged iron.
Flip Knife: $45.00
Beer Warmer (above)
Spiced warm beer was a German favorite. 12 ounces of good dark beer, 3 ounces of rum, some molasses and cinnamon and nutmeg and you are good to go. This was warmed up and put in a table or serving flaggon to keep the next serving from getting cold. From a German 18th century original. Forged iron.
Beer Warmer: $60.00
Mulling Iron (above)
Used to heat your spiced wine, burning or carmelizing the sugars for a different flavor. Reproduced from mid-18th century originals. Measures about 18 inches long, with a 3/4 inch cob to hold the heat.
Mulling Iron: $45.00
Birch Oil Extractor (above)
My version of a small oil still to produce oil from birch bark. This is used medicinally as it smells and tastes like wintergreen, and also waterproofs leather, acts as a wood finish and a no rust oil for metal.
Cooked down to a tar, it served to hold spear and arrowheads as far back as the Neanderthals. Used throughout Rome as a flexible waterproof glue. Birch tar held canoes together too. Instructions included.
Dimensions: 6 x 8 top, on a 3 x 2 3/4 collection pot. Historically inspired. All copper, made at a 1700 technology level.
Birch Oil Extractor: $325.00
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Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction.
Copied from an original, flits were used to skim cream off the top of milk. Perforations in the bowl allow the milk to drain from the cream. Heavy copper or brass. Dated: 18th century. Origin: English/American. Materials: copper or brass. Dimensions: 6" dia.
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Bottle Stand (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction.
A useful piece to keep a cool bottle from sweating on your table! Sometimes these were painted or japanned. If you wish, gluing a felt pad on the bottom will turn the bottle stand into a period "coaster" that now may be slid or coasted across a table. Dimensions: 7" diameter by 1 1/4" tall. Dated to 1690-1770. Bottle not included.
Bottle Stand, Copper: $65.00
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Miniature Coffee Pot (above, right, and above, left, with large and medium coffee pots for comparison)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historically inspired. Copied from a ca. 1730 Georgian silver original with a 1 cup capacity.
Copper. Measures 3 and 1/2 at base, top is 1 and 3/4 inches in diameter, and is about 5 and 1/4 tall. Capacity is 1 cup, but it pours better at 3/4 cup.
It's like jewelry!
Miniature Coffee Pot: $255.00
NOTE ~ Side-handled pots pour towards yourself, that way you can see into the tea or coffee bowl.
Handmade in the USA by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction.
Copied from two 18th century original pot stills, our functional still is a work of art. The form is hand-hammered and seamed with silver braze and cramp seams (dovetailing). The copper is twice as thick as our other pots: the sturdy construction will last lifetimes.
This still can be used for the distillation of alcohol or for essential oils, but not for both: the same still cannot be used for both processes.
We believe that the original stills, due to their small size and small output, were most likely used for essential and medicinal oils. Over 100 of these oils were in use during the 18th century, including cardamom, rose, caraway, celery, peppermint, rosemary, cedar, cinnamon, turpentine, nutmeg, sassafras, wintergreen, wormwood, balsam fir, chamomile, birch, lavendar, eucalyptus, bergamot, and pepper. Every household would need these oils for cooking and medicinal purposes.
Copied from two 18th century originals: one from a private collection, the other from an original featured on p. 103 of The Collector’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution, by George C. Neumann and Frank J. Kravic.
The working capacity of the still is one gallon; 18 cups will fill it to the top. The still produces about one cup of spirits. The still alone weighs 3 lbs. 6 oz, made from solid 32 oz. copper. It measures 9” tall, 6 1/2” round at the base, 8” diameter at the widest point. Unlined.
The still comes with 18th century instructions, a lyne arm for distillation, and a hand-turned wooden stopper to be used when the still is not in use.
Above, one of our reproduction stills with two mid-18th century originals.
From our copy of the 1771 Encyclopedia Britannica: “DISTILLATION, in chemistry, the act of drawing off the spirituous, aqueous, oleaginous, or saline parts of a mixed body from the grosser and more terrestrial parts by means of fire, and collecting and condensing them again by cold. The end of distillation is of two kinds : the first, and by far the most general, is for the separation of some aquired bodies from others with which they were mixed, as in the case of vinous and volatile spirits, and essential oils : the other is for the quicker and more effectual combination of such bodies, whose mixture is assisted by a boiling heat, as in the case of spir. nitr. dulc.”
Worm Tub or Condensing Unit (above, shown with still, lynn arm and plug)
Handmade in the USA by Peter Goebel. Historically inspired.
To use your still, you need a condensing unit, or a “worm tub”. Our worm tub is adapted from two European originals, one 17th-18th century worm tub from the Scottish Science Museum. While it isn’t a direct reproduction, it’s a fully functional worm tub that is made with 18th century techniques.
The worm tub measures 6 ¼” diameter, and 6” tall.
Worm Tub only – $230.00
Still, Lynn Arm, Plug and Worm Tub - $1000.00
Basic Still Set (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Reproduced from a number of originals.
Just what any self-respecting apothecary, surgeon, doctor, alchemist, naturalist or farm wife needs to distill essential oils! Dating from 3,400 BC to today, this simple still was used all over the world.
In use, chopped herbs are covered with water and the and the mixture is brought to a boil inside the base. Once boiling, the mixture is lowered to a simmer and cone lid is put on. Condensate develops inside the cone, collects inside the gutter, and runs out the spout. Condensate can be helped along by wrapping a cold damp cloth over the cone lid. The condensate is a hydrosol, a misture of oils and water which will separate on its own - at which time, the oils can be spooned off the top. Both the oil and the water would have been used in the past - over 200 different oils were distilled in Colonial America.
This still and its lid are made entirely of unlined copper. Together, the still and lid measure 18" tall, with a 7 3/4" diameter base. The set includes the still, the conical lid .
Basic Still Set: $495.00
Alembic and Cucerbit (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historically inspired.
The most iconic still there is, recognizable to both Ramses I and Isaac Newton. This simple style is still in use today!
The cucerbit, the conical base, is solid unlined copper and measures 8" tall, 2 3/4 diameter at the top, and 6" diameter at the base. The alembic head, also made of unlined copper, is 4 3/4 wide, 5" tall, and has a 6" spout. The overall height of the set in use is about 12 3/4". The set holds about six cups or 1 1/2 quarts.
Alembic and Cucerbit: $550.00
Cork Drawer (above)
Imported. Historic Reproduction. From a mid 18th c original.
Made of solid brass and steel, this handy little piece is elegant, useful, and will last a lifetime, no jokes. Cleverly constructed in two pieces; the cover for the drawer screws off and can be put through the loop in the top for a handle that gives leverage. It's the perfect piece to pack for a picnic.
Measures 4 1/4 inches long, and 2 3/4 inches wide when assembled. Weighs 4 oz.
Cork Drawer: $47.00
Wood Negus Strainer (above)
Handmade in the USA. Historic reproduction, ca. 1730-1830
Used to strain seeds & fruit from a wine punch similar to sangria. Reproduced in cherry and turned by hand in a single piece.
Measures 6 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.
Wood Negus Strainer: $85.00
Bottle Tag and Chain (above)
A classy way to label your bottles. Reproduced in heavy brass and copper.
Bottle Tag and Chain: $70.00
The best muddler you could ask for. Reproduced from many 18th century examples, ours is magnificent curly maple with a turned horn cap.
Rinse only; as with all wood ware using dish soap will remove the finish. About 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches long.
The magnificent Montieth. A fantastic centerpiece for the holiday table. Made for cooling glasses as well as bottles of wine in an ice water bath. Fashioned from about 8 pounds of solid copper. It measures 15 1/2 diameter, by 5 1/2 inches deep. Reproduced from originals 1680 to 1725, still made through the American Civil War.
Wine Thief (above)
The wine thief is the long tapered device used not to steal, but to sample wines in the kegs. Inserted in the bung, by putting your finger over the hole it withdraws a quantity of wine to sample. Tin lined copper, late 18th century reproduced from dozens of examples. Measure 16 inches long x 1 1/2 at widest point.
Wine Thief: $122.00
Dipping Dog (above)
This little device was lowered into a cask of whiskey with the intent of stealing a drink for later on. Tin lined copper 1 1/2 diam. x 6 inches tall, corked and complete with hand made chain leash. Holds 2/3 of a cup.
Dipping Dog: $90.00
Punch Strainer (above)
Taken from a number of originals in silver, ours measures about 12 inches by 4 1/2 with a 1 inch deep bowl. Hand cut from heavy brass, it is stylistically dated to the first half of the 18th century.
Punch Strainer: $240.00
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