This tool at Smith’s Tavern is a glass canning funnel. It is made of clear glass; its short handle has a hole in the top for hanging with a round bowl (with a slight lip around it) that has an opening in the center.
The tool was used for home pickling and/or packing canning jars. Home canning or bottling, also known colloquially as putting up or processing, was the process of preserving foods, in particular, fruits, vegetables, and meats, by packing them into glass jars and then heating the jars to create a vacuum seal and kill the organisms that would create spoilage. Home canning was usually done in Mason jars, which have thicker walls than single-use commercial glass jars. A funnel (like item T122) would be used to pack the processed food into the mason jars. [For more on Mason jar located on Right Shelf - Bottom; it does not have an identification number.]
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