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Ladle with raised circular bowl attached by three small rivets to a slender, faceted, downturned handle flattened into a flared and pointed end with pierced hole; all rivets domed on front and flat on back. Back of handle struck "R.LEE" in raised roman letters in a scalloped rectangle. Leather cord looped through handle.
Attributed to Richard Lee Jr. (1775–circa 1858), who worked in Springfield, VT, 1795-1815, and Beverly, MA, 1816-1820. Lee Jr. was the son of Richard Lee Sr. (1747–1823), an itinerant pewterer who worked in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Springfield, VT, between 1773 and 1823. Lee Sr. is believed to have sold brass and pewter made by his son and both Lees are thought to have used the same marks, making it difficult to attribute pieces to the father or son.
Currently not on view
date made
1795 - 1820
place made
United States: Vermont, Springfield
United States: Massachusetts, Beverly
Physical Description
brass (bowl; handle material)
copper (rivets material)
leather (cord material)
overall: 2 1/8 in x 12 in x 4 in; 5.3975 cm x 30.48 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Greenwood
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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