Early Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Art Wooden Barrel-Cask w/ Iron Drum Insert - Original Worn Paint
Description: Most likely from the Pennsylvania region, this Folk Art decorated barrel, with its original surface and worn folk art paint, is a timeless treasure. It is constructed of staved wood and three, steel hoops wrapping around the body with an external and internal lid. Signs of red, blue, and mustard paint with Pennsylvania Folk Art motifs and around the barrel and worn, artistic, painted block printing of what appears to be early Pennsylvania Dutch dialect on the exterior lid make this one special! What can be read on the lid is: DAT WAY IT IZZ. The additional block printing is not fully legible. Most of this hardware is original with wonderful, early hinges and wrought nails, although earlier patinated, slotted, and Phillip screws are also present in the iron hinges and underneath the lid. One, new tack nail is visible on the exterior lid. This barrel is an extremely heavy piece due to an iron drum insert that sits inside the interior. A black, rubber tubing that has hardened over the years wraps around the interior separating the iron insert from the staved wood. The interior lid fits nicely in the barrel with an additional exterior, hinged lid that loosely folds over with a hook latch on the front. This piece may have once been used for storing and transporting food, dry goods, or other items. Although the weathered and worn condition makes it difficult to determine more about the history, there is no doubt this is a very special find!
Circa: Believed to be late 1800's - early 1900's.
Origin: Most likely the US-Northeastern region
Overall Height: 16 7/8” (to top of hinge)
Overall Diameter: 15”
Round Footed Base: 4 5/8” diameter
Product Weight: 25 pounds
Color: Light worn brown wood with signs of blue, red and mustard paint. Black hardware.
Primary Material: Wood, Iron, Steel, Metal
Style: Primitive, Naive
Condition: Previously owned - used. Condition is consistent with age and use. Hinges work as they should although lid hinge has some wiggle. Worn, weathered, areas of pealing wood. Moderate patina. Hinges have wiggle. Front hinge is missing a forge nail or screw. Steel hoops are tight, although one appears to be moved slightly earlier on. Interior iron drum show signs of wear. Hand-painted Folk art painting and lettering is extremely worn, more so on the top, due to weather conditions over the years.
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