Coconut Shell Ladle

Collection Type

  • Cooking equipment

Date

ca. 1875

GUSN

GUSN-25016

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

Descriptive Terms

ladles
coconut (fruit)
pewter (tin alloy)
wood (plant material)
Ladle, Serving
Ladle, Cream
Ladle, Cream

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.

Inscription

"Cleveland & Bros/ Prov. R.I."\n "Cleveland & Bros/ Prov. R.I."\n (stamped)

Associated Building

Coffin House (Newbury, Mass.),

Maker

Cleveland & Bros. (Maker)

Location of Origin

Providence, RI, USA

Object Type

Food Service T&E; Serving Utensils

Dimensions

4 1/8 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Margaret E.C. Merriam in memory of her mother Elizabeth Low Coffin Colman

Accession Number

1985.277

Places

Rhode Island (United States)