"HORSESHOE" PUMP TROUGH
Hand carved in fossil rich Banbury Ironstone
Bird Bath or Planter
North Cotswolds, c1800

£425

Dimensions

L 55cm (21.5") W 49cm (19.25") H 15cm (6")

Description

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

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