I know absolutely nothing about how to identify old wooden dough bowls, but this one "called out to me" when I was looking at some other items on a Craigslist sale, and of course I couldn't say no to it. When I bought it I told the seller honestly that I couldn't tell if the bowl was antique, or 1960's. But after getting it out in the light and doing a bit of online research, I'm thinking it may be "Turnersware", woodenware that was machine turned on a lathe and dates from the 1890's to the early 1900's.
It is big, deep and quite thick. I'm guessing about 18" diameter, 6" depth and the thickness of the wood is easily half an inch, which is consistant throughout the bowl (I'll post accurate measurements shortly). It does not get thin at the bottom.
It is definitely machined, but the machining is not consistent with modern machining. There are distinct grooves, as if it were turned, but never really sanded to a polished finish.
It has no finish on it at all and definitely it never has. The wood is solid, no splits, but it is quite dry. It looks very much like the wood of my Hoosier did before mineral oil and I suspect that that is all that has ever been used on this.
It is unmarked and except for the outer rim on the exterior of the bowl, it has no marks or decoration at all.
There is a good amount of wear on the edges, some fine chopping marks in the bottom of the bowl and several paint scuffs. It also has some nice dark patina, very much like my 1900's rolling pin, which is making me think this might date to about the same era.
It was in a box of old kitchen items that include the 1930-ish chopper and what looks to be a quite old juicer (note the irregular juice holes) which also came home with me today. (See picture) and a lot of other kitchen gadgets that look like they dated to about the same era. Their original owner was in her eighties, downsizing and moving into assisted living.
So what do you think, have I got an oldie? Whatever it is I can't have gone too wrong for five bucks. I will take some detail photos tonight that show what look to be possible signs of age tonight.