Don't you just love finding special pieces such as this one that has a Make ~ Do" repair offered for sale?....and we did not stop here as the wonderful butter paddle along with my version of a springtime "Early Settlers Mix" is also included in this gathering.
This bowl is marked "Munising" manufactured in 1930's to 40"s and sports pleasing age related patina throughout. The bottom of this bowl does have some staining and I presume the use of berries to be the culprit. Utilitarian bowls of this nature were used for just about everything including berries that leave dark imprints in the wood. A tight crack can be seen on the inside of the left hand side and continues down toward the bottom of the bowl and then stops it's journey. This crack is also visible on the bottom as well. A recent cosmetic make do repair was applied over the edge of the bowl using aged tin that lends a neat primitive look. On the opposite side of the bowl there is also another small tight 2" crack located on the uppermost edge as shown in image 4 and does show through on the other side. This bowl has nice turnings on the inside upper edge, see image 4 and also is out of round.
I was able to find a butter paddle with the same dry attic surface and color as the bowl which translates to a "match made in heaven"! This wooden paddle has a defined notched end so the paddle could be hung on the edge of the bowl and not slide inward. There are some dark areas on the front and the back which lend character to this piece. A couple chips can be found on the edge as referenced in image 11. There is a tiny hairline crack which is hardly visible located near the handle over to the right hand side. This is still a strong and durable paddle that shows history of use through the years.
Spring is not too far away as our garden can attest because thick green shoots are already appearing on the hillside and near our walkway. This welcomed event inspired me to create my version of a springtime early settlers mix that is not only an interesting combination of various botanicals but also includes an array of vegetables too. Early dried peas sport a rich two toned green along with eggshell white hue. White fluffy cotton still holding some seed, packed in a boil add a diversified texture to this mix. Dried sweet potato slices, sweet gum balls, heart pods and a couple small onions were also incorporated for their unique color and appearance. Lastly, an old tin measuring cup was filled with early peas and a dried kiwi slice and grace the center of this bowl. Prairie grass was used as filler for the bottom of the bowl.
This bowl filled with unusual contents will absolutely put you and your homestead in the mood for spring while lending an old look either set on a farmhouse table or on a buttery shelf! Enjoy!
The bowl measures 10 3/4" by 11 1/2" (top measurements from outside edge to outside edge) and stands 3" Tall. Butter Paddle measures 9 1/4" Tall from the top of the handle to the bottom edge of the scoop, 5 1/4" across the bowl (right to left) and the handle is almost 1" across @ the widest point near where it meets the bowl of the paddle.
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