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This coconut shell spoon has the carved inscription "JMR 14." It is an example of a typical eating utensil in rural Puerto Rico during the 19th century. Spoons like these were often hung in a row in the kitchen, one for each member of the family.
Description (Spanish)
Esta cuchara de cáscara de coco lleva una inscripción tallada que dice "JMR 14". Es un ejemplo de utensilio para comer típico de las áreas rurales de Puerto Rico durante el siglo XIX. Por lo general, estas cucharas se colgaban en la cocina, en fila, habiendo una para cada miembro de la familia.
Object Name
Date made
late 19th century
Place Made
Puerto Rico: Lajas, Lajas
Physical Description
coconut shell (overall material)
overall: 4.6 cm x 5.2 cm x 12 cm; 1 13/16 in x 2 1/16 in x 4 3/4 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
Puerto Rico
Household Tools and Equipment
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Cultural and Community Life: Ethnic
Cultures & Communities
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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