brazier alternate view
McDade Pottery
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Braziers were small, often portable heat sources that could be used for cooking or personal warmth. Institute of Texan Cultures records suggest this particular brazier came from the McDade Pottery in Bastrop County, TX. Robert L. Williams patented his “furnace-forming die” in 1911, outlining its potential uses for cooking and ironing and specifying its usefulness outdoors, as was “customary in warm climates.” Migrant farm laborers, who spent long days in the field without a nearby home, could prepare hot meals on a brazier.

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