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Glossary

Examples of 17th Century Bellows

[Also spelt in Dorchester/Fordington Inventories as bellowes, billows, billowes]


'Bellows' mechanical contrivance for creating a jet of air, consisting usually of a hinged box with flexible sides,
which expands to draw in air through an inward opening valve and contracts to expel the air through a nozzle.
The bellows was invented in the European Middle Ages and if included in a household inventory would have been used to speed combustion when cooking.

   



       
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