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Although Americans could buy dishes and tools for cooking and eating, many people made their own. A family story says that David Ryther of Bernardston, Massachusetts, carved this wooden bowl and dipper in about 1790. Dishes made of wood or pewter were in the 17th and early 18th centuries. Most meals were part-liquid such as stews, soups, and mushes that could be put into a bowl and eaten with a spoon. Pottery plates and cups became common after 1800.


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Burl bowl

creator   David Ryther
date   c. 1790
location   Bernardston, Massachusetts
height   5.18"
diameter   14.0"
width   10.87"
process/materials   ash burl
item type   Household Goods/Food Processing Tools & Equipment
accession #   #1888.33.01

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