This rare 19th century primitive covered dough box is made of pine and has a beautiful golden patina. Found in Ontario, the tabletop dough box was once painted a light blue, and traces of the old paint remain in the corners, enhancing its appeal. Made with one-inch-thick boards, one per side, canted wood construction with old square nails. Overhanging handles are pieced into sides and attached with large head old screws. Removable lid is made of three boards and has support handles on each side that are nailed to the lid from inside. Much wear to the sides of the lid create an uneven edge. Bottom of the trough is made of two pieces of wood with a gap in between. Probably made in the early to mid 1800s, the dough box is very solid and heavy – weighs 23 pounds! Baking was an important weekly task in the period, when bread was a staple food, especially in large households. For a week’s bread, three pecks or 7 US gallons of flour was needed, according to Eliza Acton’s advice in the 1850s. The flour was tipped into a dough box to start bread-making, and once the yeast was added the mixture had to stay warm for the dough to rise. Dough boxes were therefore constructed with covers and handles on the sides for moving the box to the warmest part of the room, near the fire or wood stove. Darkened underside of the lid indicates it was used to shape loaves for further rising before baking. This gorgeous large piece measures 35.5 inches long by 18 inches wide by 10 inches deep. An incredible piece of early Canadiana, this dough box is filled with character and charm and would make a beautiful addition to your rustic decor. Please note: Due to weight or size this item will incur additional shipping costs. Arrangements to be made upon purchase.
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