19th Century Welsh Monoxyle Bread Stamp

19th Century Welsh Monoxyle Bread Stamp

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Amazing monoxyle bread stamp with a remarkable work of hollowing all over the main piece but also on the chain holding the little bucket, all the little loops do not have any opening, they are carved and hollowed in a single piece of wood.
The main part of the object, composed of three distinct parts displays an unique and impressive handwork, on the bottom part, a little wooden ball is moving freely inside the structure, whose has no opening, the ball is part of a very precise hollowing work, it was sculpted inside the piece of wood and not added afterwards. The same amazing work is also visible on the two other "storeys" of the structure.
The stamp is featuring a six foot star.

Bread and butter were the basics of French folks all along the 18th-19th century, especially the peasantry. In the mountains area, the very harsh climate during the winter periods and the difficulty to find firewoods had the villagers organizing a bread cooking fete once or twice a year. These events could last more than a week, all the peasants would gather to make bread altogether, enough so they could store it afterwards and it would last for the whole season.
Just before placing the bread into the furnace, everyone would mark its bread with a special stamp so they could recognize it once cooked and take it home.


W5.0 x H20.0 x D6.0 cm



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United Kingdom




19th Century


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