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Object ID # 1955.014.001ab
Object Name Bowl, Sugar
Title Putty-covered 19th-century Sugar Bowl
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Year Range from 1830
Year Range to 1840
Made Unknown British pottery
Place of Origin Britain
Description One large sugar bowl with lid. It was covered over with putty work sometime after 1945 (penny date). The putty holds ceramic mosaic and small household items including a key, seashells, beads, a bobby pin, a metal nail, an Osk Kosh metal button, a 1939 nickel, a 1944 penny, and a penny dated 1945. The lid is also altered with putty work and set objects. The base had a green woollen fabric affixed to the underside. It appears that when it was a sugar bowl, it was a white glazed ceramic item (likely ironstone china?)
Provenance Rebecca Waterton (neƩ McNabb) told museum staff that this 19th-century sugar bowl was brought over from Ireland by her great-grandmother, Rachel McCausland, and likely dates to 1830-1840. At some point after 1945, someone puttied it over, so that the original pattern is no longer seen.

Rebecca her husband, Jack Wateron, resided at RR#4, Owen Sound, Derby Township, Grey County. Often known as "Beckie" Waterton, Mrs. Waterton was born in Sullivan Township, Grey County, on June 29, 1892. She was a daughter of Richard and Martha (McCoy) McNabb. She passed away on Jan. 17, 1973.
Collection Folk Art Collection
Material Ceramic/Putty/Metal/Glass
Dimensions H-20.5 W-18.7 inches
Found Derby Township (formerly), Township of Georgian Bluffs, Grey County
People Waterton, Beckie
Function This 19th-century sugar bowl was a family heirloom that perhaps got chipped or broken so that someone decided to cover it with puttywork after 1945.