Photos by Barry Wallace
The current artifacts display at the King Museum, in Kinghorn, has brought back several excellent pieces from mid-to-late settler times. There are still people in King Township who will remember pieces that they or relatives or neighbours donated to the museum many years ago. One piece that caught my eye was the fine-looking chamber pot with silencer (pictured below). What is a silencer? I believe it is a crocheted circular cover for muffling the sound of the pot lid as it rattled on and off the chamber pot, in the middle of the night. 65 years ago, I'm sure I heard my maternal grandfather use the term thunder-mug or thunder-box for his under-the-bed lavatory. I believe this particular collection of furniture and other household items is on display until the middle of the month.
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