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Object ID # 1959.017.002
Object Name Masher, Potato
Title Potato Masher
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date c. 1888
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Owen Sound, Grey County?
Description Bishop family's potato masher (1888). It is made out of one piece of turned wood. What is the wood type? The working end has a somewhat rounded, cylindrical head to it. The handle is turned with decorative rings and has a convext shaped tip. No maker's identification present.
Provenance Given to Florence (neƩ Early [Earley] and Allan Kilbourn Bishop as a wedding gift in 1888. It is unknown who made it for them.

The Bishop family lived at Owen Sound, Grey County. Allan Kilbourn Bishop was an Owen Sound merchant, and he died in 1923.

Last owned by their daughter, Helen Bishop.
Collection Food Processing Tools & Equipment
Material Wood
Dimensions L-43 Dia-8.5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Bishop, Allan Kilbourn
Bishop, Jean
Bishop, Florence
Bishop, Helen Kilbourn
Early, Annabel J.
Subjects Potatoes
Food preparation
Function This was a kitchen implement used to pulverize boiled potatoes or turnips so that they could be served mashed. It was used in Owen Sound, Ontario in the late 19th-century, after it was given to a couple as a wedding gift in 1888.