Chymical Liquid for Cleaning Boot Tops

[ Chymical Liquid for Cleaning Boot Tops ] William Paine

Contributors
Contributor Role
Compiler
Contributor Name
William Paine

Date: Recorded 1814 or later, after the publication of the source. | 1814/01/01 to 1814/12/31

Publication Format
Manuscript

Type
Household

Ingredients
oxymuriate of potash
distilled water
muriatic acid
wine
rectified wine
essential oil of lemon
lemon

Source: William Paine Papers
Institution: University Of New Brunswick | Source Origin: Loyalist Collection | Reference: MIC-Loyalist FC LFR.P3W5P3

Description

Instructions for preparing boot polish. The version here likely comes from The Universal Receipt Book (p. 314 of the second edition [Philidelphia: Isaac Riley, 1818][). The recipe also appears in several other 19th-century publications, including The Young Man's Best Companion, The Family Receipt Book, and One Thousand Experiments in ChemistryReel 3, p. 656. Image use courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society.


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              Chymical Liquid for Cleaning BootTops
Mix in a Phial one drachm of Oxymuriate of Potash
with two Ounces of distilled Water, when the Salt is dissolved
add two Ounces of Muriatic Acid. Then shaking Well
Together in another Phial, three Ounces of rectified Wine
with half an Ounce of the essential Oil of Lemon, unite
the Contents of the two Phials, and keep the liquid thus
prepared closely corked for use.  
Apply with a clean Sponge, and dry in a gentle
heat, afterwards pollish with a proper Brush. 
                                                   Universal RBook.

 

 

 

Kutchimmoke. Be of good cheer.
 

Annotations
Universal RBook.
Likely The Universal Receipt Book that includes "Cookery, Preserving, Pickling, Distilling, and All the Branches of Domestic Economy" as well as "Some Advice to Farmers" attributed to one Priscilla Homespun and first published in 1814.
Kutchimmoke
Translated as "be of good cheer." The word is recorded in the Collections of the Rhode Island Historical Society, Vol. 1 ( Providence: John Miller, 1827) as used in Wampanoag funerals and ceremonies for the dead.