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Model butcher's shop

Model butcher's shop

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved wood, painted; in a walnut veneered case

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Her Majesty Queen Mary

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The most common type of butchers' shop is a cased model in a wooden frame similar to this example which dates from about 1860. No one is really sure of the purpose of the models. We can see that they provided a useful visual guide to the different cuts of meat available. Today they serve as reminders of how meat used to be sold. It has been suggested that they were placed in the window when the shop was closed or the weather hot as a trade sign. When refrigeration became available they would no longer have been necessary, though it is possible that some are still in use. One was seen in a butcher's shop in Southgate, London, shortly before the shop closed in the late 1980s.

Physical description

A model of a butcher's shop made of carved wood and paint with in a walnut veneered casing. The shop contains 82 joints of meat.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved wood, painted; in a walnut veneered case

Descriptive line

Model of a butcher's shop made in England in about 1850




Painted; Veneered


Children & Childhood


Museum of Childhood

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