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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."
pewter (tin alloy)
wood (plant material)
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.
"Cleveland & Bros/ Prov. R.I."\n "Cleveland & Bros/ Prov. R.I."\n (stamped)
Coffin House (Newbury, Mass.),
Cleveland & Bros. (Maker)
Providence, RI, USA
Food Service T&E; Serving Utensils
4 1/8 (W) (inches)
Gift of Margaret E.C. Merriam in memory of her mother Elizabeth Low Coffin Colman
Rhode Island (United States)