Firkin Sugar Bucket

A firkin presented to Robert Merrill Purves. Research reveals that Robert was born in Lisbon, New York in 1877. Lisbon is a town located west of the Adirondack Park, 10 miles west of Potsdam and 4 miles from the Canadian border. Robert was one of twin sons. Robert married Marion Sparrowhawk. Marion’s family were the first settlers of Lisbon in the late 18th century.

Around 1933, Robert and Marion moved to Canton, New York. There, he held memberships in the St. Lawrence Lodge Number 111, Free & Accepted Masons of Canton, the Grange, and the Scotch Presbyterian Church.

The body of the firkin is painted a deep rich green. The bands are salmon and have deepened over time to brown. The painted decoration includes the recipient’s name and Masonic symbols painted in red on the lid. The base is painted a bright orange. 

Construction is tongue and groove softwood staves, tapered lap-joint wood banding with copper tacks. The handle is bent wood and peg attachments. 

The Facts:

Made in Canton, NY

Circa 1900

Codition: Excellent used condition

Dimensions: Height with handle extended 20” Width 15 ½”


Dealer Noonmark Antiques
Date: Circa 1900
Origin New York
Measurements H 20" W 15 1/2"
Inventory View Dealer's Inventory
Price $1700.
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