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Stenmetz family china.jpg
Stenmetz family china.jpg
This is Hannah Steinmetz' treasured set of blue and white china - which was carefully packed in straw and brought across the Atlantic. When Vati built the new house in Fredericksburg, his stepdaughter Magda saw that it was all unpacked and placed on shelves in the new kitchen.
Coffee Roaster.jpg
Coffee Roaster.jpg
This is a home coffee roaster, used to roast green coffee beans (which were cheaper than ready-roasted). It is part of the household fittings in Magda and Carl's house - and one of the few things to survive the burning of that house during the Civil War.
Bread Trough.jpg
Bread Trough.jpg
This is a bread trough made from a single large piece of wood - it had begun to crack across one end, and is held together with a long metal bolt. In Adelsverein-The Sowing, this is what Liesel makes the last baking of wheat bread in, during the Civil War/
Magdas Sewing Box.jpg
Magdas Sewing Box.jpg
The little wooden box was the origin of Magda’s sewing box – it’s actually rather small, about six inches square, Just large enough for some needles and pins, a handful of button and some spools of thread. The inside is lined with printed paper.
Steinmetz Family trunk.jpg
Steinmetz Family trunk.jpg
The trunk is a typical kind of wooden trunk used by immigrants who had signed a Verein contract. The Steinmetzes and Richters would have four or five of these, for transporting clothing, bedding, household goods, books and the tools to practice Vati’s watchmaking trade

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