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S/2020 Anitque Treen 19th Century Sycamore Butter Bowl or Mealey Beg

A Victorian Sycamore butter bowl or mealey beg, as known in the Isle of Man, initialled on the base A.S.B. These items were used by shepherds or fishermen to keep butter in. Shepherds in summertime would bury the bowls in peat or cover them with stones or scrub for cooolness, occasionally carved with their initials as in this instance. The bowl has simple ring turned decoration and has a pale colour, retaining a patination.

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4 in. (10 cm.) Diameter English Circa 1840