Waste Bowl


Circular urn-shape waste bowl with pendant Greek key band at rim on a flared, circular pedestal with stepped, domed foot; engraved in script on one side of body "Mrs. Joanna L. Howard / From a Friend / Oct. 27\th 1858." Beading at top of pedestal and edge of foot. Gold washed interior. No marks.

Part of a six-piece coffee and tea service, 2013.0193.01-.06, given to Joanna Louise (Turpin) Howard (1825-1872) of Boston. The Howards were among several socially prominent free black families living in the city's affluent West End in the 1850s. Although the reasons for this splendid gift from a mystery “Friend” are unknown, Mrs. Howard and her husband, Edward Frederick Howard (1813-1893), were active in the antislavery movement and fought to end segregation of Massachusetts public schools in 1855. Their two daughters, Adeline (b. 1845) and Joan Imogene (b. 1850), became distinguished educators, while their son, Edwin Clarence (1846-1912), was the first African-American graduate of Harvard Medical School.

Date Made: 1858Presentation Date: 1858-10-27

Referenced: Howard, Joanna Louise Turpin

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United StatesPlace Used: United States: Massachusetts, Boston

Subject: abolitionismAfrican AmericanBeveragesCoffee DrinkingTea DrinkingPresentation


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Abolitionist Tea Service, Domestic Furnishings


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2013.0193.05Catalog Number: 2013.0193.05Accession Number: 2013.0193

Object Name: bowl, waste

Physical Description: silverplate (overall material)gold (interior wash material)Measurements: overall: 4 3/4 in x 6 in; 12.065 cm x 15.24 cmbase: 3 1/4 in; 8.255 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-f592-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1452887

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