Antique Primitive Plunger Type Butter Mold Beautiful Wheatsheaf Design
Description: A beautiful antique turned wood or wooden butter mold. This plunger type mold has a very well done engraving of a sheaf of wheat or a wheatsheaf on the print disk. The print disk has a rod which screws into it and goes through a hole in the center of the top of a wood case housing the print. The wooden case of the mold waist near the flat top. The plunger itself is rod-shaped with a small knob on top. The rod has thread at the bottom to screw into the disk with the design. The plunger rod protrudes from the top of the case. The entire piece is made of lathe-turned wood which aged to a nice brown coloring. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain, but most likely late 1800's to early 1900's.
Origin: Purchased in an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: The print itself measures ~2 7/8" in diameter, the mold case measures ~3 5/8" in diameter at the bottom and is about 2 3/4" in height, The entire piece is ~6" when fully extended. The piece weighs about 7 ounces.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: Very interesting and well made butter mold with a nicely done common design. A nice butter mold to add to your collection.
Condition: The piece is in relatively good original condition. The print disk has a few chips and losses along the edge with some age cracks and paint? spots on the back as well as stains on the front. The rod has some discoloration and may has some losses in the threads that screws into the design disk. The wooden case has stains inside and out and was obviously repaired. The case must have split into two at one point and was glued back together. This is very obvious on the inside but not so much on the outside. Be that as it may, this is still a nice piece which we are selling AS IS at a low price because of the repair to the casing. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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