Carved Fylfot Butter Print

Northeastern, ca. early 19th century. Appears to be maple with rich undisturbed patina. Lathe-turned bold large ball handle with a deep hand-carved fylfot, the tool marks still readily apparent. Although we don't know exactly what the fylfot symbolized, we know that it was important, beyond just decorative, and has been seen in both secular and sacred contexts. Research suggests it may represent the sun, energy, rebirth, and/or renewal. The fylfot is often seen on early New England and Pennsylvania decorative arts, and is frequently found on the relief-carved rosettes terminating the split-pediments of 18th century Connecticut furniture. About 5 ½ inches tall x 3 3/8 diameter. A fine example of American carved treen.

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