SUBMITTED BY: G.F., Artemus, KY
PROVENANCE: Passed down through four generations
WHAT IT IS: While extremely difficult to date, appraiser Wes Cowan of Hindman Auctions tells Antiques Roadshow Executive Producer Marsha Bemko that your hand-carved wood “dough bowl” likely dates from the latter half of the 19th century. “While many of these bowls were made of durable maple, yours appears to be of a more easily carved soft wood,” says Wes. “Given its southern Appalachian history, I wonder if it might be made of basswood. It also looks like it was given a red ‘wash’ or stain at some point to make it more attractive.”
WHAT IT’S WORTH: $300
Sentimental Value “At the center of my family’s Thanksgiving festivities—which last the whole week!— is our 100-year-old Empire-style sideboard piled high with foods of all kinds.” —CL APPRAISER BENE RAIA
take note... This bowl’s oblong (as opposed to circular) shape suggests it was not turned on a lathe.