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Acadian House Museum

Broom


Accession number: 2001.002.045
Date: 1797 – August 11 2001
Materials: wood
Measurements: 28 cm W x 155 cm H x 2.5 cm DiameterDiameter of handle.
Marks/Label: none
Group: Cleaning Devices
Narrative: Brooms have been in existance since ancient times, being used to sweep everything from caves to castles. Early brooms were often comprised of natural fibres and materials, such as corn husks, natural grasses and twigs. They often fell apart quickly as they were not securely fastened together, but this did not bother the users since it viewed as the nature of the product. Early Nova Scotian brooms are no exception, and were made with whatever materials were available to Europeen settlers. By the 19th Century twigs were replaced with grass, and soon after broom makers started to drill holes into the handle and inserting split pegs. Linen twine could then be used to tie the brush material to the pegs, keeping it securely in place. (Broomshop.com - History- Early American Brooms http://www.broomshop.com/history ) (The History Channel - The History of Household Wonders - History of the Vacuum Cleaner http://www.history.com/exhibits/modern/vacuum.html )
Description: Hand-made broom stick with twigs attached one third of the way up of a stick of wood. Wire is wrapped around twigs and hold them to broom stick in three places. The broom is made completely of wood.
Manufacturer: Fabian Bellefontaine