Mortar and Pestle

This mortar and pestle was owned by the Copp family of Stonington, Connecticut during the 18th and 19th century. While the mortar and pestle is often associated with pharmaceuticals, it was an essential kitchen tool for grinding plants and spices into powder.
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
date made
1700 - 1800
place made
United States: New England
United Kingdom: England
place used
United States: Connecticut, Stonington
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
overall-mortar: 4 3/8 in x 4 3/4 in; 11.1125 cm x 12.065 cm
overall-pestle: 7 3/4 in x 1 1/4 in; 19.685 cm x 3.175 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of John Brenton Copp
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Copp Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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