SOLD — Vintage Folk Art Wooden Firkin – Great Folk Art Decor


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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.


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  • Vintage Folk Art Wooden Firkin
  • Great for folk art decor
  • 6-1/2″ tall, 7″ diameter
  • Primitive decorating