Distaff - Haute Savoie


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19th Century

  • £254
  • €300 Euro
  • $348 US Dollar


Hoarde Vintage Member since 2018
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A richly carved distaff with tapered extremities and a faceted mid-section. The upper portion is notched to better hold the fibers while the four facets of the central shaft bear geometric markings and the date (1830) with one number appearing on each side. The smooth lower portion easily slides into the accompanying support that is fitted with a screw mechanism allowing the height to be easily adjusted.

In the alpine communities it was customary for a young man to carve a distaff to be presented as a love token to the woman he wished to marry. Should she accept his proposal, her father would provide a spinning wheel as part of the dowry.

Height 86 cm + 128 cm


19th Century

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Bibliotheca Culinaria began as a specialized publisher providing books to Italy's professional chefs. Our curiosity regarding culinary history led to an interest in material culture and the many tools and objects that relate to agriculture, cooking, and dining.

We've assisted restaurants, pastry shops, and hotels in locating unusual items for their decor and are always delighted to add to a collection of kitchenalia. We welcome the challenge of assembling groups of objects for maximum visual impact. Our stock, largely Italian and French in origin, encompasses a range of materials and eras from Alpine treen to French majolica, from copper pots to Murano glass.

We find objects that display signs of use to be particularly eloquent. Handling them, we are reminded of the lasting impact of simple quotidian gestures and they return us to the particular convivial atmosphere of past times.

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