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Object ID # 1971.098.001
Object Name Kettle, Lard Rendering
Other Name Kettle, Potash
Title Potash Kettle from Glasgow, Scotland
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date 19th-century
Made T. Allan & Co.
Place of Origin Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Description Very large cast iron potash kettle. It has "CAST-LIP-UP CL 14" impress-cast on the top side of the angled rim. The kettle was manufactured by "T. ALLAN & CO. / GLASGOW" [Glasgow, Scotland]. The embossed-style cast lettering of the maker's name is on the rounded side area. There are two cylindrical protrusions at opposing ends of the kettle.
Makers mark It has "CAST-LIP-UP CL 14" impress-cast on the top side of the angled rim.
"T. ALLAN & CO. / GLASGOW" (emboss-cast at the exterior side)
Provenance Cast in Glasgow, Scotland by the T. Allan & Co. foundry. The operation dates for the Thomas Allan & Sons company are 1840-1955. They had a Glasgow locale as well as their main foundry at Thornaby-on-Tees (in North Yorkshire, England).

Likely used somewhere in the Beaver Valley area of Grey County. It was found c. 1970 when an unused road allowance was dug up. The lot and concession number of where it was found was not recorded.

The last owner, Malcolm "Mac" Kirk, passed away in October of 2012, age 92. He was the first Manager of the Sauble Conservation Authority, between 1957-1973.
Collection Lumbering/Logging Tools & Equipment Collection
Material Iron
Dimensions H-67 Dia-121 cm
Found Beaver Valley area of Grey County
Function When 19th-century farmers cleared the land of trees, they found that making potash was a way to make money. Wood ashes were leached at pot asheries and the potash (Potassium Carbonate) could then be shipped away to be chemically broken down and used in the manufacture of soap and glass.