Dry Goods Measure 

English, 17th/18th c.

Deep patina on both wood and iron - it makes you want to stroke it! Scalloped iron top rim held by iron straps, iron foot rim, hanging ring. Dug out construction, not turned. The red painted ring just below the waist is old, possibly original -- some sort of filling guide perhaps?


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Snuff Ladle 

English, late 18th c.

Nice little tool for filling a personal snuffbox from the storage jar. Finely turned oak bowl, balleen handle with a spiral twist. All in a dark, glowing surface. A good insight into times gone by, and today, just another useless but beautiful antique to bring you pleasure!


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Sickler's Hand Guard 

Scottish, 18th/19th c.

Nothing rude about this gesture! This rare harvest tool was worn on the left hand of a man using a sickle to harvest barley or oats. It held the stalks up, making them easier to cut while ensuring that none of his fingers joined them on the ground! The three finger holes are perfectly sized for the middle finger, ring finger and pinkie. We're sure the medieval sickler shown here would have liked one on his left hand.


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Child's Staved Mug 

Scottish, c.1775

Possibly a christening gift that saw many years of subsequent use. Beautifully coopered, with very fine willow bands at top and bottom. The handle is carved from a piece of darker oak that is set into the mug like a stave. Exquisite workmanship throughout.


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Staved Tub and Cover 

Scottish, late 18th c.

The tub is made from four curved pieces of oak, all bound with strips of willow. The lid has a Sheraton brass pull as a knob. The whole thing is beautifully made, clearly modeled on a dairy or laundry piece, but made for the family's part of the house. What was it used for? For a girl to wash her doll's clothes? Your guess is as good as ours! If you only want to look at it, that would be good, too.


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