Doughnut Cutter, 1870-1890, Used by Sarah Ann Faught

Summary

This doughnut cutter is an unusual, very personal memento of a deceased loved one. When Sarah Faught put down this doughnut cutter in January 1890, she would never again pick it up to make this special treat for her children. Sarah died a few days later after the birth of her 12th child. Her mourning family carefully preserved this cutter -- along with the remaining doughnuts -- transforming this simple, utilitarian object into a memorial, a symbol of a mother's love.

This doughnut cutter is an unusual, very personal memento of a deceased loved one. When Sarah Faught put down this doughnut cutter in January 1890, she would never again pick it up to make this special treat for her children. Sarah died a few days later after the birth of her 12th child. Her mourning family carefully preserved this cutter -- along with the remaining doughnuts -- transforming this simple, utilitarian object into a memorial, a symbol of a mother's love.

Artifact

Doughnut cutter

Date Made

1870-1890

Creators

Unknown

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2012.108.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the family of John M. Hughes.

Material

Metal

Dimensions

Height: 2.25 in

Diameter: 3 in

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