Dish Butter

Spherical roll-top butter dish with V-ended butter knife holder on an incurved pedestal base with circular, domed and lobed foot; a removable, flat liner pierced with an eight-pointed star design fits inside bowl. Removable top is decorated with three guilloche or engine-turned bands and has two ball knobs that rest in holders at dish rim; two pins on S-link chains secure knobs in place. Double-walled bowl has a cast openwork five-lobed shell band at rim and pierced diaper-patterned exterior wall. Struck incuse on pedestal underside near foot "M'F'D & PLATED BY / REED & BARTON" and bowl underside "81", both in roman letters. Cover and liner not marked.
Maker is Reed & Barton of Taunton, MA; 1840-present.
Currently not on view
Object Name
dish, butter
date made
ca 1880
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
overall: 4 5/8 in x 6 in x 7 7/8 in; 11.7475 cm x 15.24 cm x 20.0025 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Taunton
United States: Rhode Island, Potter Hill
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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