Exceptional 18th C Maple Sugar Storage Container

Exceptional 18th C Maple Sugar Storage Container

This very rare maple sugar storage container has five wonderful buttonhole-lapped bands and a fingered band on lid with rose head nails and superb dark red paint. Great surface condition. It came from Deerfield, MA c 1770-1790 We had never seen a banded container like this before: very tight construction...so well constructed, it looks Shaker-y, but we feel it is too early to be Shaker. Remnants of sugar inside as well as a pronounced smell of maple sugar. It has marks on inside where an implement has been used to dig down and scrape out the crystallized sugar. Original, large drainage plug at bottom of barrel. Barrel is fashioned from a single, hollowed-out piece of wood (treen), surrounded by five wooden rings with finger lapse fasteners. Barrel is tapered at top (12.5" at top, 14.5" at bottom) and has half inch thick walls. Not visible in the photo is the noticeably sticky residue on the inside! 16"H x 13"W