The Kooja’ - milk pots used to carry milk to the temple. This brass ware was a common household item. Now days, it still being produced in stainless steel and there are no longer brass milk pots in production. The reason why it is no longer being used; it has to be polished with tamarind and lime to keep its’ shine, which is hard work.

The Kooja’ - milk pots used to carry milk to the temple. This brass ware was a common household item. Now days, it still being produced in stainless steel and there are no longer brass milk pots in production. The reason why it is no longer being used; it has to be polished with tamarind and lime to keep its’ shine, which is hard work.

Beaten copper vessel to make a 'Puttu' a common breakfast item in Kerala. It is made out of rice flour and is cylindrical in shape. Puttu is made with the help of a Puttu maker. Puttu maker is a steamer (the base) atop which is a cylinderical vessel into which the rice flour is packed, separated by laters of grated coconut.

Beaten copper vessel to make a 'Puttu' a common breakfast item in Kerala. It is made out of rice flour and is cylindrical in shape. Puttu is made with the help of a Puttu maker. Puttu maker is a steamer (the base) atop which is a cylinderical vessel into which the rice flour is packed, separated by laters of grated coconut.

A letter or more correctly, an East India Company Postcard - message of Condolence By H.H. Vishakham Tirunal Maharaja to Justice K.P. Sankara Menon on the demise of his father Diwan Peshkar Shankunni Menon. Look at the Handwriting and the Language. And look at the date!

A letter or more correctly, an East India Company Postcard - message of Condolence By H.H. Vishakham Tirunal Maharaja to Justice K.P. Sankara Menon on the demise of his father Diwan Peshkar Shankunni Menon. Look at the Handwriting and the Language. And look at the date!

Metal work is an ancient art of Kerala. The production of Temple bells and lamps have been in existence from very early times. Kerala is a home of bell-metals. Gleaming bell metal alloyed from a mixture of brass, tin and copper provide the raw substance for making tower-like lamps. Trivandrum, Irinjalakuda and Kasargod are the main centers of bell-metal. The date puts it @ 168 years old and was an offering to a temple

Metal work is an ancient art of Kerala. The production of Temple bells and lamps have been in existence from very early times. Kerala is a home of bell-metals. Gleaming bell metal alloyed from a mixture of brass, tin and copper provide the raw substance for making tower-like lamps. Trivandrum, Irinjalakuda and Kasargod are the main centers of bell-metal. The date puts it @ 168 years old and was an offering to a temple

"Bomma Vellakku" or "Paavai Vilakku"    That is a Tamil term which means a lamp designed as held in the hands of a woman.

"Bomma Vellakku" or "Paavai Vilakku" That is a Tamil term which means a lamp designed as held in the hands of a woman.

My paternal Grandfather's copper Pooja vessel, along with a "panchaloha" spoon - spoon made of 5 metals

My paternal Grandfather's copper Pooja vessel, along with a "panchaloha" spoon - spoon made of 5 metals

Utensil used to carry oil and gram powder while going for a bath (dip) in the local pond (kolam). Do not know the name of this utensil though.

Utensil used to carry oil and gram powder while going for a bath (dip) in the local pond (kolam). Do not know the name of this utensil though.

Kindi is a type of a pitcher usually found in old houses in Kerala and other parts of India.  Usually made of bell metal, it is commonly used during Puja to dispense holy water.   Kindi is also used to keep water at the entrance of the house, so that visitors can wash their feet with this water, and also to wash hands after meals.

Kindi is a type of a pitcher usually found in old houses in Kerala and other parts of India. Usually made of bell metal, it is commonly used during Puja to dispense holy water. Kindi is also used to keep water at the entrance of the house, so that visitors can wash their feet with this water, and also to wash hands after meals.

Vellikol is a weighing scale which works on the fulcrum principle. The vertical instrument which has a heavy brass counterweight at one end (the knob) was used for heavier items (vegetables for instance) and the horizontal instrument which has a polished coconut shell was used for measuring medicines

Vellikol is a weighing scale which works on the fulcrum principle. The vertical instrument which has a heavy brass counterweight at one end (the knob) was used for heavier items (vegetables for instance) and the horizontal instrument which has a polished coconut shell was used for measuring medicines

My Grandfather's Desk Clock - Vintage Rensie Brass Alarm Clock Thermometer Barometer in perfect working condition

My Grandfather's Desk Clock - Vintage Rensie Brass Alarm Clock Thermometer Barometer in perfect working condition

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