This fabulous old wooden bucket would look fabulous holding kindling on the hearth, or showing off a large dried flower arrangement!
This s a relic from the days when maple syrup making was done completely by hand. We found it at a Vermont estate auction. A truly endearing primitive made with such skill it is still in usable condition, it deserves a retirement with a country item collector who appreciates early craftsmanship.
SIZE is approximately 11 inches tall, and 12 inches across the top. With a bottom diameter of about 10 inches, the sides were made to slope. The upright boards making up the sides ("staves") are about 1/2 inch thick, if a round vessel can have "sides."
CONDITION is lovely with lots of original old red showing well. The original hanger is still in place. Note how the staves were skillfully curved and angled to make a round vessel tight enough to hold liquid. Inside, a coat of wash was applied to make it further watertight, brush marks are still evident on the bottom. The two metal bands firmly encircling the staves are still in place. The knots in the wood add tremendous character, as does every nick, scuff and bump. This bucket appears to have had a coat of white on the outside but it is difficult to tell which came first: white or red.
Authentic sap buckets like ours are becoming very difficult to find in this superb condition, even for us near where they originated in Vermont.
Before the maple syrup industry became so mechanized, buckets like these were hung maple trees to collect sap that ran from a drilled hole. Once full, they were emptied by hand into a larger tub on a sled pulled by oxen or horses that was hauled to a sugar house to be boiled into maple syrup. Wooden buckets like this pre-date the metal containers used for years until tubing became popular. The State of Vermont traditionally has been the American leader in maple syrup production, having a climate in which maple trees do well and a cold/warm spring weather balance essential to sap production. Originally discovered by Native Americans, maple syrup making is a tradition that has endured over centuries.
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Antique Vermont Sugarbush Wooden Maple Sap Collecting Bucket in Primitive Original Old Red
$49 $59 SALE