Large, shallow, circular skimmer attached with three rivets to a slender, cylindrical, downturned handle flattened into a flared and pointed end with pierced hole. Bowl is perforated with small holes arranged into a circle around the center rivet with eight straight radiating arms and groups of four holes between them; turning marks visible on front and back of bowl. Front of handle struck incuse above hanging hole "W.BARTON" in roman letters.
Skimmer 1978.0939.006 and ladle 1978.0939.011 appear to be a pair. Both were possibly made by William Barton (1762-1849), who established foundries for making horse and sleigh bells in East Hampton, CT, in 1808, and in Cairo, NY, in 1826.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
1800 - 1830
Physical Description
brass (bowl; handle; rivets material)
overall: 3 3/8 in x 17 in x 5 3/8 in; 8.5725 cm x 43.18 cm x 13.6525 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut
United States: New York
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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