This has been one of my favorite non-fabric finds over the years: mended bowl with remnants of old paint here and there and, best of all: a maker's signature cartouche on the bottom.
It measures 20 inches in diameter and measures 6 inches at its deep, and dates to the late 18th /first quarter 19th C. It is made of pine and has several old, nicely done mends (see photos). It also has an old hole with what possibly could be its original hemp hanger.
On the bottom there is drawn what appears to be a flower pot out of the top of which protrudes two heart-shaped lines.
On the body of the flower pot is written. First line: “Made by S.S. Conklin”
Second line: “ Tr---wor-, M” (see photos). The first line is very clear but the second line is a bit obscured by remnants of blue paint. Truthfully, I've never done the research to see who S.S. Conklin might be.
This bowl was purchased at a two day auction in Mt. Bethel, PA several years ago. The auction was held to liquidate an aged antiques dealer's estate. Whether the bowl is from this area, or from another area of the country I'm sure could be answered by a little bit of research. I'll leave that to the next owner.
This is a truly stellar primitive that should not be in a stack but proudly displayed.