HAM STONE STADDLE
Extraordinary size cap.
South Petherton farm house, Somerset.
H 56 cm ( 22") W 75 cm (30")
An extraordinary Somerset staddle stone in immaculate condition. Quite the largest diameter cap we have ever seen and, given ham stone's often brittle nature, a miraculous survivor. The honey colour stone is full of small sea shell fossils and intricate lichens. Coming from a farmhouse close to the Ham Hill quarry, this stone was shaped by hand in the early 1800s or late 1700s and is a perfect example of the Somerset and West Dorset squat style of staddle. The broad, shallow cap enables use as a table or simply an elegant addition to the garden or terrace.
Stock No. 1963