Butter Churn

19th Century or earlier
Previous Collection: Irwin Hersey, NYC

In the form of a coiled snake this Butter-churn handle is a fantastic old example. Snakes in the wild coil themselves to spring out at their prey, while this particular handle is coiled to spring out at our artistic senses. Carved from hardwood with a deep patina from generations of use; the attachment holes speak to this exhibiting good wear in addition to the wear on the groves of the snakes body/handle. Most butter-churn handles are non-figurative but this example of a snake is unique and in excellent condition.

This Object is 6.5” tall.

SOLD / 5-6-11