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Circular skimmer, flat at center, attached with three rivets to a flat, tapered, long handle, rectangular in section, with bent-back hook at top; all rivets domed on front and back. Bowl is perforated with small holes arranged into five concentric circles around one hole at center. Back of handle is stamped incuse "F.B.S.CANTON.O." and "PAT.JAN.26.86" in sans serif letters.
Maker is Fernando B. Smith of Canton, OH; he received U.S. Patent No. 334,993 on January 26, 1886 for a handle with a "substantial" hook with "sharp piercing point" (for sticking into wood, etc.). Smith made a variety of kitchen utensils, including ladles, skimmers, cake turners or spatulas and dippers, featuring his patented handle.
Currently not on view
date made
1886 or later
patent date
place made
United States: Ohio, Canton
Physical Description
brass (bowl; rivets material)
steel (handle material)
overall: 2 3/4 in x 18 7/8 in x 5 5/8 in; 6.985 cm x 47.9425 cm x 14.2875 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Anonymous Gift
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History


What was this skimmer used for? I have seen the ones without holes also, what were they used for? Thanks.

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