Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | December 30, 2013

Artifact of the Week – Miss Lillian Ross’ teapot.


Miss Lillian Ross’ English teapot, dated 1909 on the silver decoration.  Miss Ross’ parents operated Cornwall’s “fireproof” Rossmore Hotel.  The teapot was donated to the Cornwall Community Museum in 1992 by Mrs. L. McLaren of Cornwall.


Party like it is 1909.  If you do you won’t have a hangover, as Edwardian Cornwallites found that the best cure for the common hangover was abstinence.  This menu is from the Christmas banquet held at the Rossmore Hotel, in 1909.   Legal potables were restricted to green tea, black tea and coffee.


The brick and limestone Richardson Romanesque fireproof Rossmore House had62 furnished and carpeted rooms with electric bells wired to the office.  Toilets and baths were available on every floor.


The building was destroyed by fire on April 12th, 1910, claiming 12 lives.  It was replaced by the present Pitt Street Bank of Montreal building.

©Cornwall Community Museum

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