Rundlet's or barrels are just a great item to collect as they not only held wine or spirits but also seem to hold our attention as well! This fine stoneware example sports a neutral, dry beige and tan color with interesting dark lines that mimic bands used on wooden barrels. The texture is also very pleasing and this unglazed piece of pottery would be a nice piece to display with wooden collections.
There are no chips or cracks present and the bottom is marked U.S.A. using incised or carved letters. A removable wooden knob located on the top fits snugly into the hole counterpart. There is a small black area that shows as a curved line on top of this knob as referenced in image 8. The wooden "bung start" shown in the middle of the rundlet also inserts snugly into its hole counterpart. The wood on both pieces has a warm, pleasing patina.
There are a couple small areas on the body of the rundlet located on the back, front and one at the top, that have dark spots smaller than an eraser on a pencil, as referenced in images 6, 7 & 8. The circular pattern on the top and bottom of this barrel portray and mimic inside ring patterns present in wood. Great detail! Overall this piece is in good condition!
I feel these stoneware rundlet's are being overlooked in our primitive world as we all seem to focus on collecting woodenware. However treen pieces cost a lot more whereas these stoneware barrels can be just as good, if not better, creating an interesting display, if given the chance!....and they are affordable! Hurray! Enjoy!
Rundlet stands 7 1/2" tall including the knob measurement, 4 1/2" across the top and bottom (left to right) and measures about 8 1/4" from the front of the bung start to the back of the barrel.
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