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The farmer who owned this hollowed-out section of a sycamore tree may have used it to hold grain and other farm things. It might also have been used to hold the ashes used to make lye for making soap. A board nailed across one end kept the contents inside. The maker saved money by making this simple container instead of buying a barrel made by a cooper.


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Sycamore Barrels

creator   Unidentified
date   c. 1780
location   Cheapside, Greenfield, Massachusetts
process/materials   wood
item type   Household Goods/Container
accession #   #1916.30.1,.2

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