The Countryman: Rescuing the Past - Edited by Ann CrippsReaders Union, 1974, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Leans.
Illustrated with black and white photographs & drawings.
From the cover: “Unfamiliar household tools, items from bygone kitchens, gardens or country crafts, are still found in out-houses, roof-spaces or round the farm. Whether beautiful or merely curiously shaped pieces of metal or wood, these bits and pieces once in common use in ordinary homes are part of the history of rural life. For fifteen years readers of the Rescuing The Past feature in The Countryman have described their finds or sent them for identification. The items have been identified and discussed, and here is a selection, with illustrations, of the more interesting subjects included. They range from wafering irons, knitting sheaths, scoops and moulds from the cottage kitchen, to the rumbler bells made for horses’ harness, pewter bottles used for dosing cattle, farm workers’ hand tools such as bird-scarers or tree-blazers, regional building tools and the equipment used for village brewing. Some of the tools must have been made in some quantity at one time; others seem to have been designed by individual craftsmen for a specific need.
Ann Cripps (née Farwell) was for twenty years a member of the editorial staff of The Countryman. An Assistant Editor with special responsibility for crafts, gardening and book reviewing, she compiled the very popular Rescuing the Past feature in consultation with the Museum of English Rural Life at Reading. Her long standing interest in cottage bygones has brought her in touch with many national, regional and local museums throughout Britain, and many personal contacts with men and women who can recall the objects in use in their childhood homes.”