Did you know that peat was commonly used as a heat source in England and Scotland as well as Ireland? When harvested from the bogs, peat, which is decayed vegetation, would be dried in large stacks prior to being burned. For many living in the countryside during the 19th century, peat was an indispensable means for heating a home. Due to the light nature of the dried peat, a special bellows was developed to deliver a constant but gentle flow of air to keep the flame alive without blowing the peat all over the stove.
In fact, the same principle for moving air is incorporated in many of today’s vehicles. While modern fans are designed to be more efficient, we prefer this handsome, old fashion peat bellows found in the upper reaches of Wales and available only at Mill House Antiques.