Skimmer

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
skimmer
date made
1800 - 1830
Physical Description
brass (bowl; handle; rivets material)
Measurements
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
1978.0939.006
accession number
1978.0939
catalog number
1978.0939.006
subject
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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