Large, shallow, circular skimmer attached with one copper and two brass rivets to a slender, faceted, slightly downturned handle flattened into a flared and pointed end with pierced hole; all rivets flat on front and back. Bowl is perforated with small holes arranged into a circle with eight straight radiating arms around the center rivet. Back of handle struck "R.LEE" in raised roman letters in a scalloped rectangle.
Attributed to Richard Lee Jr. (1775–c. 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
Object Name
date made
1795 - 1820
Physical Description
brass (bowl; handle; two rivets material)
copper (one rivet material)
overall: 2 in x 15 3/4 in x 5 5/8 in; 5.08 cm x 40.005 cm x 14.2875 cm
place made
United States: Vermont, Springfield
United States: Massachusetts, Beverly
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of John Paul Remensnyder
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