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Early Large Turned Wooden Mortar & Pestle with Provenance dating to Early 19th Century
A lovely turned wood mortar measuring 7 5/8" tall, 6 3/8" diameter at the top and 5 5/8" diameter at the base. The wall thickness at the top is 1/2". The pestle is 11" long and about 3 1/2" at the largest diameter. It is hard to get an idea of size from the photographs but we would call this 'massive'. The (un-packaged) weight of the 2 pieces is just under 6 pounds.
Both pieces were turned from solid blocks of wood, perhaps walnut although we are not experts in wood identification. There are two opposing tight splits in the vessel but they do not meet and we do not think that the piece ever actually split in two although a copper band has been added to the lower area to either reinforce it or perhaps as a decorative element. This is attached with nails and has stretched and loosened over the years. The pestle is in nice condition with a few minor and tight splits but no chips or missing pieces.
Found with a typed note reading: "This mortar and pestle were used by Ann Fisher Blosse to grind coffee when she first kept house. It was given to her before her marriage which occurred about 1836." The paper has yellowed and is very fragile and has torn in two.
A very beautiful set with almost 200 years of warm patina. We're sure you will love it!
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