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03-12-2016, 08:18 PM
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Neat Find
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Found this about 3 weeks ago, and it was sitting in my trunk since then. I FINALLY cleaned my car out today, as it literally looked like a homeless packrat's vehicle, and cleaned a bunch of stuff up.

It appears to be a small bowl, and it is made completely of lead. On the bottom, it says "Presbyterian Hospital".

It's on the smaller size, and you'll notice in one photo, a can of shaving cream fits almost exactly inside perfectly.

Does anyone know on or about when they stopped using lead in serving wear and/or cooking utensils?

Joe


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03-12-2016, 09:21 PM
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That's really a strange find. If I were you I'd put a geiger counter to it just in case it was used in the lab!!

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03-12-2016, 10:21 PM
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That is a curious find indeed Joe. trying to guess what we have found is just one of the many interesting aspects of detecting. The shape puts me in mind of a mortar, used for grinding special meds. Found a web reference to mortars being made of bell metal, an alloy of copper and tin, but usually more lead than tin. Anyway, whatever it is, it's neat alright.

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03-12-2016, 11:19 PM
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It's amazing what one can find when one FINALLY cleans out ones car! I agree that it may be a mortar for grinding small pills.
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03-12-2016, 11:45 PM
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Could it be that old and was used for distributing some fluid type medicines? Like a measuring cup but in this case a bowl?
Very cool piece of history you have there, congratulations!

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03-13-2016, 01:39 AM
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Oh wow, that's pretty sweet! If that's a mortar then that's a superb find! Get a small pestle and put it on display for sure

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03-13-2016, 11:43 PM
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Nice find Joe, there was a Presbyterian Hospital in Newark NJ .If you google Newark Presbyterian Hospital Newark NJ you can read about it.

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03-16-2016, 02:47 PM
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The presbyterian hospital in NJ was named in 1910, and the presbyterian hospital in NY was founded in 1868. Can't find an example of your bowl online. Can you get a zoomed in clear shot of the stamp on the bottom? The script they used may help to date it

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03-17-2016, 10:29 PM
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Now wow what a weird discovery. I think that is a medicine grinding bowl from back on the old days when stuff was bought in a powder form. The inner curved lip is why i think that

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