Melting Ladle

This melting ladle was owned by the Copp family of Stonington, Connecticut during the 18th century. The lade has two pouring spouts set perpendicular to one another on the shallow circular bowl and a long, straight handle, rectangular in section, slightly shaped with a rattail hanging loop at its end. The ladle was used to transfer molten metal from its crucible to a mold.
The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.
Currently not on view
Object Name
ladle, melting
date made
Physical Description
iron, wrought (overall material)
overall: 2 1/4 in x 27 7/8 in x 5 7/8 in; 5.715 cm x 70.8025 cm x 14.9225 cm
place made
United States: New England
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Copp Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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