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Object ID # 1959.017.003
Object Name Masher, Potato
Title Potato Masher (1888)
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date 1888
Artist Unknown woodworker
Made Unknown turner
Place of Origin Owen Sound, Grey County
Description Grooved style, wooden potato masher (1888). It is made out of one piece of turned wood. What is the wood type? The head of the masher has a series of turned grooves. The handle is turned with some ring decoration and ends with a shaped tip.
Provenance Given to Mr. and Mrs. A. K. Bishop as a wedding gift in 1888. It is not known who made it for them.

The Bishop family lived at Owen Sound, Ontario. Allan Kilbourn Bishop was an Owen Sound merchant, and he died in 1923. Mrs. Bishop was formerly Miss Florence Early [Earley]. Her mother was Mrs. Annabel J. Earley.

Last owned by their daughter, Helen Bishop.
Collection Food Processing Tools & Equipment
Material Wood
Dimensions L-42.5 Dia-8.5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Bishop, Allan Kilbourn
Bishop, Florence
Bishop, Helen Kilbourn
Bishop, Jean
Subjects Potatoes
Food preparation
Function A kitchen implement used to pulverize boiled potatoes so that they can be served as mashed potatoes. It could also be used for mashing boiled turnip.