Object Number: 
ca. 1840-1860
Coconut, bone, pewter, copper
Overall: 16 3/8 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. ( 41.6 x 11.4 x 6.4 cm )
Ladle with coconut shell bowl and whale jaw bone handle which fits into a pewter socket; handle bracket is a five-point star with copper rivets joins pewter socket to bowl.
Gallery Label: 
According to Stuart M. Frank, curator of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the ladle is made of bone, which was likely cut from a Sperm whale’s jaw. Whalemen commonly referred to a whale's jaw bone as the pan bone.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Rutherford Oakes Ainsle
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group