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Fun, folk art painted firkin or lidded bucket for your primitive, folk art decor! The saying around the side says,
“A plump wife and a big red barn – never did any man harm.”
The body of the bucket is made of 8 wooden staves of varying widths which are held together by two thin, wooden bands. Each band is decorated with a continuous, squiggly line. The wood lid fits securely and is decorated with brush strokes, dots and squiggles in burnt orange, golden yellow and cream. The lid handle is a wooden knob.
The bucket has a beautiful patina to the wood and has a heavy gauge, wire bail. It is 6-1/2″ tall (not including the bail), 7″ diameter at the top and 5-1/2″ diameter at the bottom. The wooden staves are just under 1/2″ thick.
I’ve been unable to determine the age. It could be antique, 1940s-60s or even 1980s, but certainly no younger than that. My gut says the mid century Early American era, but that’s just my guess.
I see this used in primitive decor and especially when decorating for autumn.