In Hot Water.

Antique Washing Device.

Philip pretending he knows how to wash clothes with a peggy.

Philip pretending he knows how to wash clothes with a peggy.

Quiz Time Question: What is a peggy? A staff, with a crossbar handle, attached to a milking stool forms a peggy.

Underside of the peggy's milking stool.

Underside of the peggy’s milking stool.

Known by other names, depending on the area, i.e. dolly stick, dolly-legs, maiden, plunger. In the 1800’s, a woman would fill a tub with hot water, possibly using soap from lye and ashes, though not necessarily. She would place the soiled heavy cloth in the water and use the peggy to stir, beat and agitate the laundry. The lady’s maid would clean the more delicate clothing and fabrics, but the poor washed with a peggy.

We purchased this peggy in Cullingworth, Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK. BD13 5AB

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