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Large Antique Primitive Late 1800's Dough Bread Bowl

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I am happy to present this late 1800's lathe turned dough bread bowl. I love the color, nice and dark, rich and primitive in appearance, fresh from a recent auction.

Antique dark hard wood 17 inch dough bread bowl late 1800

This hand made dough bowl is in very nice condition, full of lathe lines and having all the character and personality you would want to see on a bowl of this age.

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I was thrilled to acquire this darker hard wood bowl, hand turned from a single piece of timber. This handsome large bowl measures a generous 17 by nearly 16 inches in diameter, it's a very useful size. It has shrunk beautifully out of round over it's many decades of service but continues to sit sturdy with no significant flaws that effect it's structural integrity or ability to work another 100 years. Judging from it's usage marks, this bowl was used for more than just making dough. There is also a fair amount of cut marks on the bottom, from chopping all of those aromatic home grown herbs. These dough bowls were a necessary ingredient in every early American home and no kitchen could function properly without one.  You will see all the expected traditional marks from good honest usage and food preparations, including some dark spots, nicks, bumps and few abrasions. Considering the age of this bowl, it is in well kept condition, having no significant cracks or damages.


As you can see on the exterior of the bowl, there is a shrinkage line that is a few inches in length. This is a relatively common occurrence on many antique dough bowls and since it is caused from the shrinking of the bowl, it is not typically considered damage, especially when it is as minor as this one. This is not an open crack that is visible through the bowl, in fact, I am having trouble finding any evidence of it on the inside of the bowl. This outer line is showing a little dark in my photos because I drizzled some olive oil into it, in order to keep it tight. The oil causes the wood to swell and helps the bowl maintain the same condition that it has been in for many decades. I've never seen any of these stress lines get any worse and this bowl is simply too old to change or shrink any further. The bowl has a excellent feel to it, other than giving it a light cleaning, it is untouched, just the way I received it, primitive and a bit rustic.


This bowl is masterfully shaped and really looks a whole lot better in person, although my photos are good. I do believe this late 1800's primitive dough bowl will please anyone that is searching to acquire a larger one with a darker tone. This bowl was turned with a 1 inch wide exterior upper lip which defines the edge quite nicely. This wooden bowl is visually appealing and it sits steady and fairly evenly at about 4 inches in height, it has marvelous symmetry. If you love wood bowls and can forgive that exterior stress line, you will be considering a fabulous piece of New England Americana and a primitive dough bread bowl that will serve your needs for many decades.  Grab it while you can, I've had a hard time finding the darker bowls and it's been awhile since I've had one as large as this.


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