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Catalog Number 0002.242.003
Description Butter Ladle, late 1800s. Ladle is hand-carved from a single piece of wood. Bowl of ladle is concave with a flat front that is rounded and tapers back to handle. Four-sided handle has a slight curve upward from bowl and has a square-notched hook at end for hanging. Wood appears to be oak. Used to transfer butter from churn to molds.
Object Name Ladle, Cream
Collection 3D - Food Service Tools & Equipment
Title Butter Ladle, late 1800s
Date late 1800s
Creator Unknown
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text none
Notes "After the butter was churned the buttermilk needed to be worked out of the butter and if the butter was to be salted the salt needed to be worked in. If the buttermilk was not removed the butter would spoil quickly. This task was done by butter workers on larger operations and by hand held wooden paddles on a smaller scale. These paddles were known as butter ladles, ..."
[http://dairyantiques.com/Butter_Workers___Molds.html 09/28/2015]
Dimensions H-9.75 W-5.75 D-2 inches
Search Terms Dairy Industry
Kitchen Utensils
Ladles
Subjects Butter
Butter making
Dairy farming
Dairying