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Skimmer (from the "Constitution")

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A long-handled skimmer, with a shallow hammered brass bowl pierced with a number of small round openings, fastened with copper rivets to a wrought-iron handle that is flattened at its tip and bent to form a hook; a later silk rep ribbon in red, white, and blue is tied around the handle, along...

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In ink in script on paper tag tied to handle: "This Skillet from the Good Old / Ship (Constitution) Given to / my mother by Capt. Maynard / and she gave same to me / Frederic Russell [illegible] very old." On reverse: "From Capt. Maynard / to my mother and is / older than myself. My / G.G. Grandfather was also an / officer on board. Fuller C.S.C."


By tradition, used on the U.S.S. Constitution; from Capt. Maynard to the mother of Francis Russell (see inscription on paper tag); acquired before 1932 by the noted Boston collector Charles Hitchcock Tyler (1863–1931) , who bequeathed it to the Museum.

Credit Line

Bequest of Charles Hitchcock Tyler

about 1800–20

Object Place

probably New England, United States


Other (Overall): 60.3 x 18.4 cm (23 3/4 x 7 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Brass, wrought iron, copper; with later silk rep ribbon in red, white, and blue, and paper tag