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  • CA ON00428 2021.50
  • Item
  • ca. 1900

Item is a linen apron. Sometimes called a waitress apron or a maid apron, it features delicate embroidered details, two pockets and a scalloped hem. The item likely dates to the early 20th century.

Bed warmer

  • CA ON00428 2021.25
  • Discrete Item
  • ca. 1920

Item is a ceramic bed warmer or foot warmer. Originally, bed warmers used hot coals from a fire to warm the bed before use. This example, however, could stay in the bed as the user slept and would be filled with hot water.

The warmer is designed to replicate a small Gladstone bag and features faux stitching patterns along the seams. The original handle has been replaced with a leather tie, but the item still has the original wooden stopper.

Bourne Denby

Bickle fire extinguisher

  • CA ON00428 2021.35
  • Discrete Item
  • ca. 1940

Item is one tin fire extinguisher. It was filled with sodium bicarbonate which would be thrown onto the base of a fire to smother it.

Boudoir cap

  • CA ON00428 2021.44
  • Item
  • ca. 1900

Item contains one crochet boudoir cap, or sleeping cap. The pink thread is crocheted in a small net pattern with a scalloped edge. Boudoir caps became popular in the 19th century as a sort of hairnet to protect the user’s hairstyle as they slept. By the early 1900s, caps like this lace example became popular for their femininity.

Boudoir cap

  • CA ON00428 2021.45
  • Item
  • ca. 1900

Item contains one boudoir cap, or sleeping cap. It features crocheted ecru lace and a pink, silk panel. Boudoir caps became popular in the 19th century as a sort of hairnet to protect the user’s hairstyle as they slept. By the early 1900s, caps like this silk and lace example became popular for their femininity.

Chamber pot

  • CA ON00428 2013.04
  • Discrete Item
  • ca. 1902 - ca. 1926

Item is one chamber pot, or portable toilet, with lid and handle. Produced by Dudson Wilcox & Till Ltd. It features embossing and the floral "clio" print from their range of transferware patterns. The pot itself has a green design, whereas the design on the lid is in dark blue and the floral pattern differs slightly. This may suggests the lid is not the original.

Chamber pots were often kept under a bed or in a nightstand. They remained a common household item until the mid twentieth century, but variations of the chamber pot are still in use today.

Child's dress

  • CA ON00428 2021.24
  • Discrete Item
  • ca. 1800 - 1900

Item is one machine sewn child's dress. It features lace detailing on the collar and sleeves.

Clark collection

  • CA ON00428 2003.01
  • Collection
  • ca. 1906 - ca. 1913

Collection consists of partially digitized postcards from the early 20th century featuring imagery from the Humber River and Lambton Mills areas. The obverse of the postcards were not scanned.

Cobra candlesticks

  • CA ON00428 2021.23
  • Discrete Item
  • ca. 1900

Item is a matching set of cobra shaped candlesticks. They are engraved with geometric and floral designs.

Crochet tablecloth

  • CA ON00428 2021.43
  • Item
  • ca. 1900

Item is one hand crochet tablecloth. It features a round floral lace design.

Cup and saucer

  • CA ON00428 2021.09
  • Discrete Item
  • ca. 1930

Item is a teacup with matching saucer. They are hand decorated in the Windsor Derby pattern from Thomas Hughes & Sons Ltd. The art deco design features floral motifs in reds greens and blues, as well as detailing with 24K gold. It was manufactured in England and distributed through Cameron & Sons Ltd. in Toronto.

Dress form

  • CA ON00428 2021.48
  • Item
  • ca. 1900

Item is one fabric covered, wooden dress form. It is raised on a cast iron stand with a wheeled, footed base. The height of the mannequin is adjustable by a crank on the back of the dress form. Marks on the front identify it as a size 34.

Etobicoke Township Map, reproduction

  • CA ON00428 2020.06
  • Discrete Item
  • ca. 1851

Map is a reproduction of a ca. 1851 map detailing patents of Crown land. The area is labeled King’s Mill Reserve and details the areas of the Humber Valley and Etobicoke. Notably, it showcases and labels the various taverns and mills along the river. King’s Mill was established by John Graves Simcoe in 1793 to be used as a timber supplier for the British Government. The names inscribed on the map correspond to the area of land the individual has a patent to. These plans were often used to document sales and grants on the land. However, patentees listed on the plans produced pre-confederation, like this example, would often forgo actually following through with the patent process, so multiple sources should be consulted to confirm the patents of the land.


  • CA ON00428 2021.21
  • Discrete Item
  • ca. 1850

Item is a pair of mid 19th century eyeglasses with a simple metal wire frame. Their original case is also included.

Flour scoop

  • CA ON00428 2021.30
  • Discrete Item
  • ca. 1900

Item is a flour scoop with a wooden handle. It is marked with the number 3 under the handle.

Framed lace collar

  • CA ON00428 2016.03
  • Discrete Item
  • ca. 1912

The item is a handmade fine lace collar that features a Maltese cross pattern. It is laid flat in a gold gilt frame. A handwritten note attached to the back of the frame identifies it as being produced in Nottingham England, and brought to Canada sometime in 1915.

Galambosy family collection

  • CA ON00428 2021.05
  • Collection
  • ca. 1961 - ca. 1975

Collection consists of digitized 8mm film footage shot by the Galambosy family. Included is footage of life in Warren Park and along the Humber River; tugboats freeing the lake freighter George M. Carl at the mouth of the Humber after it ran aground on Dec. 24 1975; and various family outings, vacations, and other domestic moments.

Galambosy family

Howard and Mary Louise Ashbourne Collection

  • CA ON00428 2021.07
  • Collection

Collection contains various furnishings and household items that were acquired for their aesthetics and relevance to the time period in which Lambton House would have been operational.

Howland residence, Lambton Mills

  • CA ON00428 2021.06
  • Discrete Item
  • ca. 1880

Photograph depicts a side view of the Howland family residence in Lambton Mills. The home, designed by William Tyrell of Weston and built around 1860, was set back behind the Lambton Hotel with the entrance drive running between the general store and the hotel. It is believed to have been used by Peleg and/or Frederick Aiken Howland during its life. In 1928, the home was demolished and its foundation filled to make way for the approach of the high level bridge on Dundas Street crossing the Humber River.

IGA heritage display board collection

  • CA ON00428 2021.22
  • Collection

Collection consists of heritage display boards once exhibited in the IGA (Independent Grocers Alliance) grocery store that was located on Dundas Street West near Runnymede Road. They feature enlarged versions of historic photographs of local heritage buildings and settings. Included are images of the Lambton House; Lambton Mill; the Howland family residence in Lambton Mills; the CPR office on Runnymede and St. Clair; the Toll Gate house on Dundas and St. Clair; the Molsons Bank; and others.

This collection was used for a Heritage York exhibition titled "Selling History/Giving Credit" at Lambton House on Mar. 22, 2015.

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