Coal was one of the top energy sources during the Victorian era. In fact, during 1889, almost 82,000,000 tons of coal was produced in Pennsylvania alone. Coal was used for everything from transportation to cooking food in the home.
The ash sifter was invented to prevent the waste of coal. Remnants from a stove or furnace would be put into the ash sifter. The top has a rectangular hinged door that swings up to open. The chute leads into a grate inside the mechanism. A handle turns the grate, thereby separating a