Turn-of-the-Century Nuremberg Kitchen, Moritz Gottschalk, ca. 1909

This toy kitchen made by the Mortiz Gottschalk Company shows the change in real kitchens at the turn-of-the-century. Cream or white lacquered furniture and lithographed paper imitating delft tiled walls were bright and clean unlike the earlier dark, sooty Nuremberg style kitchens. Children could learn to maintain this bright sparkling clean kitchen by using the brooms, hand brushes and dustpan. These tools encouraged young girls to practice their chores. A tank on the back of the wall holds water for the faucet so children could wash both the room and the dishes. Metal cook stoves were popular. This stove is heated with candles and includes a bucket to empty debris when finished cooking. The kitchen contains a variety of canisters with cooking essentials including sugar (zucker), coffee (kaffee), flour (mehl), salt (salz), vinegar (essig) and oil (oel). The small mechanical items with handles that turn and compartments that open such as the coffee and meat grinder could actually grind soft bits of oatmeal.