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S/3429 Antique Treen Early 17th Century Sycamore Trencher

An early 17th century sycamore trencher, having a salt cavity. These trenchers were used as platters for putting food on from the 15th-16th centuries, although earlier than this bowls were used both for eating and drinking. Trechers were made with and without salt cavities and are extremely rare.

This one that we have been fortunate to find is a good example, with many knife cuts and signs of extensive use on both the front and back. The reverse was also used, probably for the sweet after the main course, and also has signs of wear and usage. There is a small shrinkage crack, that is more noticeable on the reverse, which is also historically signed in ink, Julia Kirk, probably a collector's name. On the front left top corner there is a small circular discolouration, where probably a label had been. It is surrounded by a few historic worm holes. The whole has a lovely warm colour and original patination.

Sold 7 in. (18 cm.) Wide
7 in. (18 cm.) Deep
in. (1.25 cm.) High
English Circa 1620