Object ID 001346
Object Name Gorton-Pew Spring Chicken Box
Object Desc Wooden box for 1lb of boneless spring chicken from George's Codfish, distributed by the Gorton-Pew Fisheries Co.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY001143
General Category History
Category Food Containers
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit
Start Year Range 1906
End Year Range 1926
Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords Gorton-Pew Fisheries Co,,boxes,chicken,food,
Title Gorton-Pew Spring Chicken Box
Description Wooden box with black text which reads: 1 Pound Net Spring Chicken, Absolutely boneless, Georges Codfish, Packed by Gorton-Pew Fisheries Co., Gloucester, Mass. Red outline of a chicken behind black text. Left side of box lists ingredients and instructions for preparation. Slidable top cover feels stuck in place. Elected not to remove cover in case of possible damage.
Approx Collection Date
Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Place of Origin
Maker Gorton-Pew Fisheries Co,
Maker Details The company traces its roots to a fishery called John Pew & Sons. William Pew, son of John Pew, picked up fishing after serving as a Colonial soldier in the French and Indian War. While most people moved West after the war, Pew turned eastward and arrived in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in 1755. The father-and-son fishery business emerged as an official commercial company, John Pew & Sons, in 1849. In 1906, Slade Gorton & Company and John Pew & Sons and two other Gloucester fisheries merged into the Gorton-Pew Fisheries. They made Gortonís codfish cakes a household name in New England. The company offices were located at 372 Main Street, Gloucester, in the same building where Gortonís Main Office is located today.
Date JAN 28,2014
Assessor Ben Locke
Notes Minor scratches and edgewear on side panels. Text on top cover still bold, chicken still bright and visible. Text on left panel faded away, but indentations can still be read in the right lighting. No cracks or signs of serious damage. Lid cannot slide off unless forced, elected not to remove.