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The Saucer of Milk, by Helen Allingham The Saucer of Milk, by Helen Allingham

Snippets 94. For the last couple of snippets we have been looking at The New British Jewel, or Complete Housewife’s Best Companion, published in 1788, a collection of recipes and other practical information. We will return to this book in future to look at some more of the gardening advice, but apart from that here is the final snippet from this interesting old book, a selection of quotes giving some household advice. Firstly, a method of mending broken china, which nowadays would probably find its way into the bin!

Chinese method of mending china.

Boil a piece of white glass in river water five or six minutes, beat it to a fine powder, and grind it well with the white of an egg, and it joins china without riveting, so that no art can break it in the same place. You…

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