Antique Victorian Carved English Bread Board with Rarely Seen ‘Take Freely’ Motto

rare antique victorian english breadboard bread board carved take freely motto

A lovely example of an antique late Victorian breadboard, dating from around 1900, with a rarely seen “Take Freely” motto.

English bread boards with mottos carved into them are becoming increasingly difficult to source. This is a particularly rare example. And while there is some general wear to the board, the ‘Take Freely’ motto at the top is still very sharp and clear. It’s a perfect board to use when entertaining with friends and family.

Flanked by simply carved wheat ears and a flower at its base, the board itself has a light, mellow colour to it. There are knife marks and wear from use. The board is also a little dry, however regular waxing would remedy this.

The board is in overall good condition and sits flat. There are two scorch marks on a the board, a sign of it’s precious life in the hub of a kitchen when it would have sat close to the gas stove. One of these is on the side of the board at the base, and another is on the back of the board where there is a slight dent in the wood.

A great opportunity to purchase a rare piece of antique kitchenalia which is a wonderful item both to have on display and continue to use.

Width, 30cm; Depth, 2cm

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