Similar to a double boiler, this set of pots was used to heat hide glue, an adhesive made by boiling animal connective tissue. The larger pot is marked "Marietta, PA" on its exterior. Both pots have curved wire handles.
This hinged metal box contains five intact wax letter seals along with four fragmented seals. Before adhesive envelopes were available, wax seals were used to prevent letters from being opened until accepted by the proper recipient.