17th Century Cast & Wrought Iron Mortar and Pestle


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Outstanding primitive and ancient iron mortar and pestle. Continental. Crudely cast mortar with applied knob handles. Fantastic period patch repair. Round sprue (casting) mark on base, typical of 17th century manufacture. Massive base and body wear indicates years of heavy use. Original pestle is a forged iron shaft with a wrought disk end. Superb untouched patina. Heavy pair weighs over 6 lbs. Remarkable that the two pieces have managed to stay together through so many centuries. An excellent early set.

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Date: Early to mid-17th century.


Size: Mortar is 5″ tall. Pestle is 10″ long.


Condition: Age appropriate wear. See photos. Small hole (does not go through) in base is a casting flaw.


Price: $333


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