Antique French cast bronze iron pestle and mortar


Shipping to United States: $54.80

A delightfully rustic and quite primitive hand cast antique pestle and mortar.
These implements have ancient origins, and can be made in a variety of materials including stone such as granite, marble and wood, or cast metal bronze or Iron like this French example. They were used since very early times to grind and blend herbs, tinctures, and spices, for culinary or medicinal purposes.
This pairing of mortar or bowl, and pestle or grinder, may have been part of the equipment in a pharmacy or chemist's shop, in the preparation of medicines, or used in a domestic setting to grind herbs and spices or ingredients for home remedies. The items are fully functional and would be a lovely addition to a farmhouse kitchen shelf.
Size approx height of mortar 9cm, diameter at top 12cm, base diameter 8cm. Pestle L9cm, diameter 3.5cm.
There are some indistinct numbers impressed into the mortar.
The pestle has a ridged column.
The inside of the mortar is a little rough in finish. This item is made from very heavy cast metal, iron or bronze

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Our items are carefully selected antique and vintage pieces from France and they show the character and charm of years of use. We do not sell new or reproduction items so you can expect to find signs of the age and life that the piece has led. We believe this history adds to the story of an item. Obvious damage and faults will always be mentioned in our descriptions but minor age-related condition issues are not considered a detriment.

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