Butter Dish

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1860-1870

GUSN

GUSN-6300

Description

Oval body with Greek key border on pierced body; two scrolled butter knife hooks extend from one side; stepped oval base; removable shallow dish with a keyhole-pierced band; revolving domed cover with alternating radiating bands of engraving and planishing; engraved quatrefoil in center of cover, containing the initials "HM"; stepped bulbous and beaded handles on sides of cover. The swivel top makes it egg-shaped.

Details

Descriptive Terms

butter dishes (serving dishes)
engraving (printing process)
piercing
silver (metal)
plate (material)
key pattern
quatrefoils
Silver
Greek Key
Pierced
Stipple Engraved
Quatrefoil
DISH, BUTTER

Inscription

Engraved on the top: HM.

Associated Building

Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.),

Additional Identification Number

1971.1210ABC

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Food Service T&E

Dimensions

6 x 7.75 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Ralph May

Accession Number

1971.1210A-C