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The Victorian ironmonger's shop was the nineteenth-century equivalent of the modern department store and a vast range of goods could be bought there. If the Victorian housewife needed knife-cleaning powder, candles, a saucepan or wallpaper, she would visit the ironmonger. Other tradesmen relied on the ironmonger for their tools and materials: cheese knives for the grocer, coffin handles for the undertaker, tools for the carpenter and gardener, even builders' supplies. Installing kitchen ranges, gas-fitting and bell-fitting were also within the ironmonger's repertory. This book describes the Victorian ironmonger's varied stock and also explains the purchase of goods, keeping accounts, giving credit and the prompt delivery service.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780747804567
ISBN-10: 0747804567
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 149mm x 4mm)
Pages: 32
Imprint: Shire Publications Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Cecil A. Meadows

The late Cecil A. Meadows was apprenticed in the 1920s to one of the last great furnishing and general ironmongers in Norwich. Thhe older members of staff still remembered the ways of the trade in the nineteenth century.

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