Antique Brass Mortar & Pestle, Hammered Double Handles Over 4 Pounds

Antique Brass Mortar & Pestle, Hammered Double Handles Over 4 Pounds

Sale price $89.00 Regular price $120.00

 

Product Description: Long ago, mortar and pestles were standard tools used to mash ingredients such as herbs and other substances for apothecary applications.  This stunning, brass mortar features a flared mouth and square hammered handles which appear to have been chiseled and hand-carved at the making of the piece.  A magnificent, etched 2" band encircles the center of the mortar offering unique character.  Two sets of incised rings are on the base with with a very, slight dip in the center.  Encircling the exterior are two double sets of rings with another set on the interior edge.  Combining this craftsmanship with it's natural patina, the result is this fine example of an early apothecary collectible. 

Circa: Late 1800's

Dimensions:  4 1/8" height, 4 3/4" diameter (top opening), 5 1/2" width (from handle to handle), 2 3/4" diameter (base)

Product Weight: 4 pounds 7 ounces.  Mortar: 3 pounds; Pestle: 1 pound 7 ounces

Material:  Brass

Maker:  Unknown

Markings:  No visible markings

Color:  Yellow-brown

Condition: Previously owned - used. Condition is consistent with age.  Minor white oxidation around handles where it meets the body.  Imperfections, scratches, and crease present on edge of base.  Nicks are present mostly on the inside bottom, base and lip of mortar.  Pestle has nicks and scrapes on each side, leaving the center more of a polished appearance.  It appears both pieces may have been lightly polished previously leaving light to moderate surface patina, more on the handles.

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