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S/3253 Antique Treen 19th Century Butter Bowl Known as a Mealey Beg

A small sycamore butter bowl, known in the Isle of Man as a Mealey Beg, having a squat rounded bowl, with incised line decoration and a fitted lid with integral stops. To open, twist untill they line up on opposing sides. They were used for taking samples of butter to market, or for butter rations of fishermen or shepherds. The whole has a lovely honey colour and patination.

Sold 2 in. (6.5 cm.) High
4 in. (10 cm.) Diameter English Circa 1820