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Butter Dish

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Butter Dish

Maker: Pairpoint Manufacturing Company (active New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1880-1894)

Date: 1880-1890
Medium: Silver plate
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 × 9 1/4 × 6 7/8in. (25.4 × 23.5 × 17.5cm)
Markings: Impressed on underside: "Pairpoint MFG. Co. / Quadruple / PLATE / 525"
Inscribed: Engraved on lid: "MS"
Credit Line: Gift of Robert Tuggle in honor of Anna Tobin D'Ambrosio
Object number: 2016.3.16.a-c
Label Text
Butter could be made at home or purchased. By the mid-nineteenth century, butter serving dishes with a double-floor construction, kept the butter cool. Ice was placed in the bottom of the dish; another base on which to place the butter was set above. In contrast to the butter serving dish, which was passed, individual butter plates or “pats” allowed the hostess to offer apportioned amounts of what was still an expensive food.