ANTIQUE ‘C. WILDER & SON’ MASSACHUSETTS COVERED FIRKIN!
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You are bidding on an Antique Covered Firkin from my late Mother-in-Law’s 19th Century New England home. This medium-sized firkin is 9 inches in diameter at the top, 10 inches in diameter at the bottom, stands 10 inches high (without the handle) and appears to be made of pine and birch. The staves are assembled with tongue and groove joints and the fingers are bent wood clinched with copper tacks. This firkin has the original natural finish and it has a nice wood-pegged rotating hardwood handle. The cover fits nicely and is stamped with ‘C. WILDER & SONS’ and ‘So. HINGHAM, MASS’. In addition, t are pencil initials on the bottom which may be from the original manufacturer. These can be seen in the last photo. Although we don’t know its original use my Mother-in-Law stored used buttons in it for her sewing projects for many years. Overall, this firkin is in nice condition with a well-worn finish but no major damage to the wood. The upper finger is a bit loose and has a couple of broken areas but looks like it has been this way since day one. Nevertheless this is a very nice firkin with a beautiful patina and I am including a lot of photos for your consideration and to show all the details. With my low starting bid and no reserve, this antique firkin would be a wonderful piece for anyone to collect or display.
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