"HORSESHOE" PUMP TROUGH
Hand carved in fossil rich Banbury Ironstone
Bird Bath or Planter
North Cotswolds, c1800
L 55cm (21.5") W 49cm (19.25") H 15cm (6")
The "horseshoe" shape is unique to pump troughs of the North Cotswold hills above Oxford. This perfect example is extraordinarily intact, two centuries after being hand carved from a specially chosen hard vein of the local "Banbury Ironstone" for a farmhouse yard. The fossil count of embedded sea shells is fascinating from the area in all of England which is now farthest from the sea.
A lovely planter, or better still, a bird bath or water feature for today's gardens : bringing essential drinking and bathing for birds, reptiles and animals in amongst a flowerbed or in open space.
English, c 1800
Stock No. 1910