Large Burl Ladle        Large Burl Ladle

Maple burl ladle with long handle, probably used in serving food or in maple sugaring operations. Handle and bowl came from a single continuous tree branch. The burl figure extends a short distance into the handle. Handle is notched at the end, although the notch isn't deep enough to facilitate hanging, so we would guess it simply provided the user with a little better grip when using it. Very nice figure. Minor wear and short age lines in bowl edges, but overall in surprisingly good condition. Circa early-mid 19th century. Probably, but not definitely, Native American made. (CE -36)

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