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Large Antique 1800's Lathe Turned Dough Bread Bowl

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This remarkable antique hard wood dough bowl was purchased from a recent Minnesota auction and it is one of the more handsome dough bowls I have acquired in awhile.

Late 1800's maple dough bread bowl 18 inches

This dough bowl is estimated to be over 100 years old, that is, late 1800's. It's made of hard maple, with tight growth lines and a pleasantly lighter color tone.


Large antique 18 inch dough bread bowl llight maple tone  Solid hard wood late 1800's dough bowl large 18 inch

This extra large dough bowl was hand turned from a huge single log and there are still lathe turning lines on each side of the bowl, although some have smoothed with age. When I acquired this bowl it was rather dusty, dry and gritty so I gave it a gentle yet thorough cleaning, then a light coconut oiling, this bowl now radiates with beauty. The colors in the wood are varied, from a lighter maple to a light medium tone and some darkening to the graining here and there, but basically this bowl is considered on the lighter side. If you desired a little darker or richer color tone, another light oiling would be perfect for that but lighter bowls are harder to get so Im going to leave it as is. This wonderful bowl measures 18 inches by nearly 18 inches in diameter and sits tall with 6 inches of height.  I must say, I am quite enamored by it's size, but then, I have a soft spot for large dough bowls of this quality. Overall, the condition is spectacular and suffers no structural damages, holes or cracks. Obviously there is a 2 inch diameter discolor on the interior but this only attests to it's age and authenticity.

Antique dough bowl 18 inch large hard wood maple  

My photos are very good and show the true nature of this bowl but there may actually be a tad bit more of an auburn shade to the overall bowl, it will depend on the lighting. The woodworker was quite talented, as you will soon come to recognize. He was thoughtful to include an extra wide 1 inch upper outer rim at the top and then continuing down with a inch notched groove. This feature adds a lot of character and personality to the bowl. The woodworker also beveled the top edges of the bowl for added dimension and appeal. I approximate the age of this bowl to be late 1800s to about the turn of the 1900s, of course it could be older.


I love the footed bottom, as it is very well defined and has just the right amount of wear to match the age and usage of the bowl. Even the foot is out of round, measuring 4 by 4 in diameter. The bowl sits sturdy, it is well balanced and has good symmetry. The exterior has a few discreet small spots of yellow paint, looks like it slightly brushed up against something while the paint was still damp. Im sure it could likely be removed but for me, its part of the history of the bowl. The interior has a small to fair amount of cut marks, no doubt from chopping those garden herbs but not too many, just enough to give it charm. Overall, I don't see where this bowl was really used very much, seems it might have just sat on a shelf for much of it's life and collected dust as it dried out. Fortunately, it's in splendid condition and the collector of these large antique dough bowls should be more than excited to own it. This 18 inch dough bowl is in it's natural state and would make for an extra special gift or a great addition to any country decor. Please consider adding it to your dough bowl collection today, this one is a beauty.

  Late 1800's antique dough bowl large 18 in diameter

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