Rare lidded mortar and pestle quite possibly American dating from the late 18th to early 19th century showing a red cast lacquer surface. Pestle was fashioned from ash and though it is hard to tell conclusively the mortar may have been made from the same wood. Exciting dark and light color variations along with recessed bands are delightful attributes.
Cut off sprue at the bottom and a footed base. There is a vertical scratch located on the front as shown. Condition is very good without any chips or cracks to report. The lid is a little fussy as far as positioning but once turned in the right location to line up with the mortar it will behave.
Hand carved pestle shows age related wear especially on the bottom. Tight cracks are also present and the top of the handle shows minor wood loss. Unique opportunity to own a rare piece of treenware that will certainly add unique interest to your collection!
Overall Ht. 8” tall (includes pestle), Mortar stands 4 ¼” tall, measures 3 ¾” across the top (lid) & measures 3 ½” across the bottom. Pestle measures 6” long.
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