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Crumb Scoop. Tables could get rather messy with all the food people had to eat in a grand house. The maids also did not want to wash the table cloths unless they were stained. The crumb scoop is a special pan used for getting loose bits of food off of the dining table. It looks nice because, unlike a normal dustpan, the maid might have to use it in front of her master or mistress.

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  • list arrowHow did Victorians try out a new invention?

    Test it on the servants of course! That's what happened in 1860 at The Judge's Lodging, when gas lighting was put into the basement and not the Judge's rooms. They wanted to see if they got sick from the fumes. The servants were fine - that's why we got the lights working again.

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