Ironwood Mortar & Pestle

pamghattenApril 6, 2013

This is a family piece and I'm wondering how old it might be? It's definitely ironwood, it weaighs just over 6 lbs.

I'm also wondering what affect on the value might be, that my grandmother scratched her SSN in the bottom of it. Was it in the 1970's that people were told to do that? She took that advice to heart and scratched her SSN onto quite a few things.

I'm attaching a link to more photos ...

Here is a link that might be useful: Album of photos

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The crack does more to the value than the SSN.

By "ironwood" do you mean the Arizona and Mexican species, Olneya tesota, or some other species noted for being hard and heavy?

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 10:44AM
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LOL! I guess it would. It's been well used, as many of the things I have from previous generations were too.

I really never thought about what type of wood it is, I've been told by a couple of people that it's ironwood ... and didn't question it any more than that. It's very hard & very heavy ...

Any idea of how old this might be?

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 1:49PM
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Age is hard to pin down on something that simple and common.

You know granny had it in the 1970s or so, but it could have been new then, or made decades earlier.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 7:55PM
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