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Spatula

ca.1750-1820
Origin: America
Overall: 14 5/8 x 3 1/8 x 1/2in. (37.1 x 7.9 x 1.3cm)
Wrought iron
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1946-88
Wrought iron spatula with a slightly flaring handle of rectangular section, topped with a serrated ram's-horn terminal, and forged integrally with a straight, rectangular blade. Top shoulders of blade are rounded.
Label:Also called a "turner," the common spatula found in early American kitchens is essentially identical to those in use today. This bladed tool is just the thing to flip over whatever delicacy one was cooking, either on a griddle or in pan or skillet. Can you imagine trying to make pancakes without one? Once the food preparation was done, a spatula was ideal to scrape the bottom of the cooking vessel clean with. This piece, which takes the form of a small peel, is very worn, suggesting it had a long and rough life in the kitchen.