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Object ID # 1959.017.004
Object Name Masher, Potato
Title Potato Masher
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date Late 19th-century
Artist Unknown Woodworker
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Grey County or Owen Sound?
Description Plain, wooden-style potato masher, late 19th-century. It is made out of one piece of wood, with no decoration. There is no maker's identification either.
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-39 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 It was a hand-held kitchen implement used to pulverize boiled potatoes or turnips so that they would be mashed for serving. It was used in an Owen Sound, Ontario household for many years.