Butter Dish

Butter Dish

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Spherical butter dish consisting of a double-walled bowl on pedestal base with lobed circular foot and a pivoting cover decorated with three guilloche or engine-turned bands. Diaper pierced outer bowl has pendant cast openwork five-lobed shells applied at rim along with two scroll-bracket holders for a butter knife and two fittings for the ball-knob handles of the cover with pins on S-link chains to secure in place; a flat dish or liner pierced with an 8-pointed star design rests on rim of inner bowl. Struck incuse on pedestal underside "M'F'D & PLATED BY / REED & BARTON" and on bowl underside "81", both in roman letters. Cover and liner not marked. No butter knife.
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Object Name
dish, butter
date made
ca 1880
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Taunton
United States: Massachusetts, Taunton
place used
United States: Nebraska, Omaha
United States: Rhode Island, Ashaway
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
overall: 4 5/8 in x 6 in x 7 7/8 in; 11.7475 cm x 15.24 cm x 20.0025 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. H. B. (Clara Babcock) Blackmar
Food Culture
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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