Butter mold

Object Number: 
1937.1582
Date: 
ca. 1758
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 × 9 3/8 × 4 1/2 in. (2.5 × 23.8 × 11.4 cm)
Marks: 
carved: into back of mold: "1758/M:MENT/IETH"
Description: 
Paddle form treenware butter mold; rectangular stamp carved with a geometric pattern with a six-pointed star in the center; the reverse is carved with a name and a date.
Gallery Label: 
This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group