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Butter mold

Object Number: 
INV.4002
Date: 
1862-1872
Medium: 
Glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/2 x 4 3/8 in. ( 6.4 x 11.1 cm )
Marks: 
relief: along edge of disk: "1862"
Description: 
Aqua pressed glass butter mold; disk-shaped with flat-based handle protruding from one side; the other with intaglio design of a bound wheat sheaf between 2 leafy fronds; around the rim are 2 serrated bands.
Gallery Label: 
This butter mold is identical to one at the Winterthur Museum which has been attributed to M'Kee and Brothers of Pittsburgh. Butter molds were used by farm women to mold butter in one-pound cakes of cylindrical shape, about four inches in diameter.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group