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Butter cooler

Butter cooler
Butter cooler
Title
Butter cooler
Date 
1869-1898
Medium 
Silver plate
Dimensions 
Overall: 7 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 6 in. ( 19 x 21.6 x 15.2 cm ) Silver Weight: 28 oz (troy) 8 dwt (883 g)
Description 
Cast silver plate butter cooler; circular bowl seated on a circular foot, incurved at the shoulder with an applied, angled rim; two loop handles with leaf joints applied to the sides of the bowl; rests for a butter pick in the form of eagle's heads (one detached) on side; cylindrical cover with all over foliate scoll decoration around four medallions with cow's heads; cover topped with a band knop finial; circular drainer with perforations in the shape of a star rests inside the bowl; maker's marks stamped on the underside of the bowl.
Object Number 
1726a-c
Marks 
stamped: on the base: in a circle around a demi-lion rampant on fess, "* MERIDEN SILVER PLATE CO * QUADRUPLE PLATE" over, "1340"
Gallery Label 
Butter coolers were designed to maintain a cool temperature to prevent the contents from softening, melting, or spoiling. These decorative covered dishes often included an interior metal or glass liner to hold a block or mound of butter above cold water or ice. This cooler's Persian-style silhouette, topped with a pyramidal finial, reflects the late nineteenth-century interest in Near Eastern design. The cover is similarly ornamented with Egyptian Revival-style pendants and scrolls. The playful cow medallions, leaf terminal handles, and bird's head knife rests suggest the butter contained within the covered dish and the farms where it was once made.
Provenance 
Descent unknown.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group