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Ladle with deep circular bowl and upturned rounded handle with crease running length of front. Oval strapwork reserve on back of terminal and a trefoil with fleur-de-lis design on back of bowl. Back of shaft struck incuse with maker's and patent mark.
"Breveté Sans Garantie Du Gouvernement" is type of French patent that frees the government from liability. One of three ladles, DL*126963-DL*126965, made in England and collected by the State Department at the 1884 World's Fair (or World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition) in New Orleans. All recorded as English, but this one was made in France.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1884
place made
Physical Description
metal, white (overall material)
overall: 2 1/4 in x 13 1/2 in x 3 5/8 in; 5.715 cm x 34.29 cm x 9.2075 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
U. S. Department of State
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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