Wooden mortar & pestle, c.1875

Large American primitive lathe-turned treenware mortar (with original red painted surface) & pestle, together measure 13″ high.

It was not unusual for wooden utilitarian items such as bowls and mortars to crack, due to a change in climate. Two steel bands were added to help stabilize the large break.

The underside of the mortar shows concentric lathe rings, reminding me of a 45 rpm vinyl record.

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