Probably New England. ca. 1820-1840. Pine and ash. Rare. How can a firkin be rare? Small firkins are almost always late 19th into the 20th century with staple joinery and machined staves. This example is early painted treen, with hand-planed pine staves and top/bottom, with four ash bands ending in chamfered fingers joined by early non-uniform cut nails and large wooden pegs to keep the bands from slipping. The shaped handle is attached in the earliest manner via large wooden pegs with carved heads that pass through outer staves then pegged on the inside to prevent slipping out. All unified by a rich original red paint with dry complex surface. Stands just 6 1/2 inches tall to the top of the lid, not including handle. Exceptional untouched condition.
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