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Issue #231 March 2010

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A trammel is an adjustable contrivance hung in a fireplace to support kettles over the fire. They are generally made in two styles: one with a series of holes in a bar through which a movable rod is placed, and one, with a keeper and tooth arrangement that holds a movable bar in place. The one featured this month is basically the same as those used in Europe during the 18th and 19th century, but without elaborate finials and chiseled patterns seen in some examples