Vintage French rustic wooden primitive dairy or laundry paddle

$35.55

Shipping to United States: $38.88

A delightfully rustic handmade vintage dairy or laundry paddle. These items are great when repurposed for serving cheeses and bread or other hors d'oevres.
This farmhouse kitchen implement would probably have been used in the dairy for skimming cream and stirring milk, and other processes of making cheese and butter. Other uses might include beating the laundry in the stream or lavoir to get the washing clean. I have included a postcard showing a laundry paddle, image from Pinterest, credit collection-jfm.fr
The item was made in primitive fashion in the workshops at the farm where is was used, traditionally on a French farm everything the family needed was handmade from materials sourced from the land.
The construction is simple and primitive, carved from a single piece of timber which is probably beech or sycamore. The item retains the adze and saw marks from when it was constructed many decades in the past. Where the handle comes out from the paddle, there's a step detail and turned ring decoration, which is slightly art deco in style so this is probable an early Twentieth Century piece.
This item is in reasonable condition, there are some signs of usage and wear, which is great patination, and just a little discolouration. There is a smattering of old dead worm holes and tracks, in common with most French woodenware of any age. The item has not been treated with chemicals, so it can be used for food prep in your kitchen, any concerns about hygiene can be simply addressed by boiling the article in a large pan or kettle.
Size approx Length 32.5cm, width 15.5cm, depth 2.5cm.

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