Museum logo
Museum logo

Object Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Object ID # 1974.054.001
Object Name Urn, Decorative
Title Treenware Urn
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Date 1870s?
Year Range from 1870.0
Year Range to 1900.0
Artist Unknown woodworker
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Leith, Municipality of Meaford, Grey County
Description A wooden urn (treenware) made from the hub of a wooden water wheel used in the Oatmeal Mill at Leith, Grey County. The urn is very heavy and is possibly made of butternut wood. The bowl is deeply-fluted on the exterior side, and there is a pedestal base. There is a dark brown finish on the wood. No maker's mark is present. It is a hand-made item.
Provenance Unknown maker.
According to the last owner, Jack Moore, this wooden urn was made from the hub of a wooden water wheel that had formerly been used in the Oatmeal Mill at Leith, Sydenham Township, Grey County. The heavy appearance of this item suggests that it was made in the Victorian period.
The woodworker is unknown, but he likely resided in or near Leith. The mill was built in 1858, but closed in the early 1870s, so the urn dates to post-1870s.
Collection Household Equipment, 19th-c Collection
Material Wood/Finish
Found Annan, Municipality of Meaford, Grey County
Subjects Woodworking
Function The large urn likely was intended to be used as a centrepiece on a dining table or sideboard, and would have held items like fruit or nuts.