Shell, Large Oyster, Pewter
The mold for this pewter casting was taken from an oyster shell that was found in Wellfleet Harbor on Cape Cod. Wellfleet oysters have been considered some of the world's be for generations. The Wellfleet oyster is an eastern oyster, crassostrea virginica by species, the same kind of oyster that grows in Long Island Sound, as far south as the Chesapeake Bay, and up into Canada's Maritime Provinces in the north. In the beginning of the 1800's, Wellfleet's native oyster population was nearly depleted. Aquaculture, as we know it today, began as Wellfleetians imported young oysters from points south, flavored and fattened them in local estuaries, then harvested them for sale in the Boston market.