|Object ID #||1974.054.001|
|Object Name||Urn, Decorative|
|Lexicon category||2: Building Furnishings|
|Year Range from||1870.0|
|Year Range to||1900.0|
|Place of Origin||Leith, Municipality of Meaford, Grey County|
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.
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|
|Found||Annan, Municipality of Meaford, Grey County|
|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.|