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Coconut Shell Ladle

1985.277 (RS118616)

Description

Hollow coconut shell ladle; pewter rim at mouth; pewter mount attached at one side supporting an elongated turned handle with pointed tip. Marked on pewter "Cleveland & Bros/ Prov. R.I."

Details

Label
A milk-skimming ladle made from a hollow coconut shell may seem like an odd accessory for a Newbury, Massachusetts buttery, but Newburyport's role as a bustling trade port meant that nearby towns had ready access to tropical goods. This ladle was used in the nineteenth century by the Coffin family, along with the other baskets, boxes, and earthenware on display.
Maker
Cleveland & Bros. (Maker)
Date
ca. 1875
Inscriptions
"Cleveland & Bros/ Prov. R.I."
"Cleveland & Bros/ Prov. R.I."
(stamped)
Location of origin
Providence, RI, USA
Associated Building
Coffin House (Newbury, Mass.).
Material
coconut (fruit)
pewter (tin alloy)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Food Service T&E; Serving Utensils
Places
Rhode Island (United States)
Descriptive terms
coconut (fruit)
Ladle, Cream
Ladle, Serving
ladles
pewter (tin alloy)
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
4 1/8 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
1985.277
Credit Line
Gift of Margaret E.C. Merriam in memory of her mother Elizabeth Low Coffin Colman
GUSN
25016

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