Life in Old South Central Alabama

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South of Birmingham, Alabama, United States
I am an antique trader in central Alabama....I love old houses... My log home was built in 1817 by my ancestors Benjamin and Hannah Harless Wilson .............. Outside the house are herb gardens and lots of pass-along plants................ No one in Alabama is in a hurry about anything......... Visitors think that the garden needs weeding and the furniture needs polishing....I am a direct descendant of Joseph Towne, whose two sisters Rebecca Towne Nurse and Mary Towne Easty were hanged in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 as witches. I am also a direct descendant of Pocahontas and husband John Rolfe.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Colonial Dough Bowl worth saving

I bought this dough bowl from an estate in Connecticut.  Someone a long time ago kept it together by mending the wood splits with wire.  

It has a 20" diameter and stands 5" high.  The catalog described it as "18th Century Colonial Maple Turned Dough Bowl."  


I placed it on a standing dough box in the front room of my log house.  Most of the items in the sale were expensive porcelain, china, and  fine art. This was the only primitive. Mine was the only bid. 

I made sure this was not one of the fakes that are being sold on the popular auction sites. Those also have "repairs" made of tin and wire. Nobody would nail a piece of sharp tin to the inside of a dough bowl back then...your fingers would be cut every time you made biscuits. 

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