Antique Primitive Mortar and pestle For Your Buttery
This beautiful old mortar dates from the turn of the l9th century (?) or perhaps earlier. Judy recently found this fabulous piece out in the country in southeastern Virginia in Isle of Wright county. Coincidentally, she saw a very close match in an old pharmacy display about 75 miles to the south in North Carolina. Possibly this has regional southern form. This pharmacy has been in business in the same location since the 1920's and has a wonderful display of early pharmacy items stretching back into the 1800's. And best of all -- freshly made ice cream selling for 75 cents a scoop!!!!
There are 2 age cracks (about 1" long) inside the bowl and a small (1/2"or so) tight crack on the bottom of the base's rim. Also, the center bottom has a round hole (about 1/2"deep) showing placement of the lathe point when this piece was made. Overall condition is excellent and has a warm brown patina consistent with age and use.
The pestle, which was found separately really compliments this Mortar quite nicely. The handle (top) is beautifully lathe-turned and has a small area slightly worn from use near the top turning. This only adds to the charm and is of no consequence.
This is one of the nicest pestles we have found to date and has the same warm brown patina as the mortar does. These two pieces look terrific together -- a happy marriage indeed!
The Mortar stands about 5" tall, 4 l/2" in diameter at the top and about 3 5/8" diameter at the bottom. The inside opening is 3" deep. The Pestle is just under 7" tall with a bottom diameter of about 1 3/4".
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