Mealey Beg

English, 18th/19th c.

Sycamore. Well, we bet the name caught your attention! A Mealey Beg is a lidded butter bowl. It was used to take butter to the market, and by fishermen and shepherds to keep their butter fresh on their boats or on the high pasture. Sycamoe was widely used in the dairy because it did not taint the food and had antibacterial properties. Decorated with a belt of S-curves linking dish and lid -- nicely worn. Old, light colored surface. Good condition, one small and stable age-crack.

5-1/2" diam. 3" h.

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