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.
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.
Gift of Mrs. Rutherford Oakes Ainsle
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.