This is a truly amazing bucket. It was made from a section of newly felled (green) tree. The entire center section was removed then a grove cut on the inside near the bottom to accept the bottom piece. The bottom was cut from a single board and sized to just fit into the groove. The assembled bucket was then left to dry so the sides would shrink to make a tight fit with the bottom. This ingenious design required no glue and no nails. It measures 12 1/4" tall and 14 1/2" in diameter.
The bucket did not fare well in our dry central heat and the sides shrunk so much against the stationary bottom that the side split. We had the split professionally patched and the surface refreshed. Please note the photos.
Notice the wonderful grain pattern that runs around the outside. At first glance this looks to be grain painting but is the actual grain of the wood.
The two handles are integral to the bucket and each has a rectangular cut out to accept a wooden beam so heavy loads could be managed by two people. This was likely made as a water bucket.
Even with the repaired split this is a wonderful piece, worthy of a special place in any period home.
Large Early Wooden Bucket
$750 $935 SALE