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Object ID # 1957.032.003
Object Name Scoop, Butter
Title Butter Ladle
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date 19th-century
Made Unknown
Description Wooden butter ladle. No maker's identification present on this piece, which is made out of one piece of wood. It is hand-carved, perhaps out of walnut wood?
The ladle has a wide and shallow area, slightly square, and thinner (tapers) as it approaches its edge. The handle is the extension of this area, and is rectangular, with a curved back. The handle ends with a carved "V"-shaped hook.
Provenance The previous owner, Mrs. John Wilson, did not provide any information about who carved this butter ladle or where they lived. It appears to be a 19th-century item. She lived at RR#2 Tara, Ontario before moving to Owen Sound, Grey County.
Collection Food Processing Tools & Equipment
Material Wood
Dimensions H-3 W-12 L-25.5 cm
People Wilson, John
Subjects Butter
Butter making
Function During buttermaking, a butter ladle was used to transfer the butter from the churn to the butter bowl, and to work out the water from the butter in the bowl.