Reinforced Chalice Form Hand-carved Mortar & Pestle with Decoration (1700-1800)
A gorgeous 18th century reinforced chalice form mortar and pestle. The mortar is hand-carved from one piece of wood and was not was not turned on a lath. It has interesting symbols and carvings around the mortar and on the pestle. The large hole in the handle of the pestle allows for a good grip on it when in use. The mortar also has a long handle that was carved out of the wood chunk used for the bowl of the mortar and there is at least one carved heart on the mortar. It looks like part of the heart has worn off from age but you can see the deep carving of the right side. There is also what looks like a fish hook on the bowl of the mortar that can be seen in one of the pictures. An amazing early piece that was found at an estate sale on Mountain Road in Epsom, NH.
As shown on page 211 in Early American Antique Country Furnishings by George Neumann.
The mortar is 6.5 tall and has a 4.33" x 4" top diameter. The pestle is 8.25" long.