Butter Stamp

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This wooden butter paddle was owned by the Copp family in Stonington, Connecticut around 1819. The paddle has a partner in object DL*00636.02. These butter paddles were used as scoops for taking butter out of the churn, cutting and shaping the butter into a block or pressing it into a mold, and finally imprinting the butter with the repousse floral pattern seen on the paddle.
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.
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date made
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Copp Family
place made
United States: New England
place used
United States: Connecticut, Stonington
Physical Description
cedar, white (overall material)
overall: 5/8 in x 10 1/4 in x 3 1/8 in; 1.5875 cm x 26.035 cm x 7.9375 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of John Brenton Copp
Food Processing
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Copp Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History