VICTORIAN KITCHEN & TABLE TOOLS
The Department of Anthropology at the California Academy
of Sciences houses the Rietz
Collection of Food Technology, an assemblage of nearly 1400 food-related items.
Assembled by Carl
Austin Rietz, an American inventor and businessman whose lifelong interests
related to the study of food, this international collection documents cultural
traditions from around the world that relate to the production, processing,
storage and preservation, preparing, and serving of food.
On the following pages, you are invited to take a journey back to the Victorian Period to
learn about tableware and kitchen tools. Discover how the 19th Century Industrial Revolution changed the daily
lives of mid-Victorian people, not only in terms of food preparation, processing, and serving, but also in terms
of eating habits.
The Victorian Culture was a way of life that developed and
expanded because of the Industrial Revolution, starting in the British Empire.
While the Victorian Period coincided with Queen Victoria's reign (1837-1901),
the Victorian Culture is a social phenomenon that not only occurred in Great
Britain but throughout Europe and North America. The new British social customs
were imitated all over the world.
on this Spice Box and learn about changes in British cooking
Click on this cruet to explore changes in English silversmithing.
here and learn about Staffordshire Blue and White crockery.
Click here and discover the Victorian passion for molded
Visit our online
collection database to search for food-related objects in the
Rietz collection. Search on Collection: "Rietz Collection of Food Technology"
and a category or object of interest.
For more information
about the Rietz Collection of Food Technology,
contact the Department of Anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences
rhartman @ calacademy. org.
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