Yesterday's What Is it answer...
this is a grindstone and they were quarried from natural materials like sandstone and this is part of an old pedal stone, aka pedal wheel, grinder. My husband said he used one of these pedal wheels when he was a child, he got to pedal and his dad the dangerous part. The pedal grinder (photo from Google Images) was used to shape and sharpen blades from knives and swords to scissors and plow blades, anything that needed to be ground down. then they would use use a whetstone like we use today in our kitchens or a strop (leather strap) to make it razor sharp if needed. It had to be pedaled stead and slow or it would nick the metal.
Congratulations to Sunny, George, Betsy, Peggy, Catherine and Barbara for guessing grinder.
Kitchen Design From The Past!
Spa Tub! no jets in this one......heat water in a pot in the fire place, pour in tub add cold water to comfort zone. No reading by candlight in this tub. Also had to be emptied by hand, no plug.
Fancy soap, here it is! use for bathing, dishwashing or clothes washing. I forgot to ask what the bottle has in it. Maybe scent of somekind? did I say it took hours of hard labor to make this soap in your back yard? click here for Recipe for Lye Soap
Here it is! Your Dishwasher "Circa 1860" see below for close up of Rinse Cycle
Did I mention you had to a haul the water in the kitchen by the bucket?
Pot Storage, then and NOW. they had no cabinets so they stored all the kettles and pots under the table for easy access to the fireplace, those cast iron pots are heavy. click to get full view.