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Object ID # 1959.002.018
Object Name Bowl, Butter-working
Title Oblong Butter Bowl (Early 1860s)
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date Early 1860s
Year Range from 1860
Year Range to 1865
Artist James Murray
Made James Murray
Place of Origin Holland Township (formerly), Township of Chatsworth, Grey County
Description Oblong wooden butter bowl, that was hand-made by James Murray of Holland Township, Grey County, Canada West, c. 1863. It is carved out of one piece of wood.
Provenance The donor said that this butter bowl was hand-made by James Murray (b. 1840-d. 1923), approximately around 1863. The Murray family lived in Holland Township, Grey County, Canada West.

Owned by Mary Ann (Minnie) Givens (née McKay), who lived in the Massie District, Holland Township, Grey County. Minnie married James Givens in July of 1898. Minnie and James farmed in Holland Township, but are buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound. James R. Givens was born in 1875 and died in 1958. Minnie was born in 1871 and died in 1950.
Next owned by Jean Reid (neé Givens), their daughter, who married William Reid. Jean was born in 1899 and died in 1991.
Collection Food Processing Tools & Equipment
Material Wood
Found Holland Township (formerly), Township of Chatsworth, Grey County
People Givens, James
Subjects Treenware
Function After churning, butter clumps were scooped out of the churn and put into a butter bowl so that the butter could be washed. Water was added and a ladle used to work the buttermilk out of the butter.