Plant with Heart -- pastry roller

Origin: American

Age: dated 1830

Wood Type: cherry

Size: 5" - length, 1 1/8" - diameter

Note: This piece epitomizes the meaning of folk art in early America. The carver created a flowering plant which has a heart in its middle. On either side of the heart are carved the initials "CHG" and "SFL", with the initials "FL" and the date "1830" added to the left side of the heart at a later date. The carver created this roller as a courting piece for the woman he was interested in. Thus, their initials were carved on either side of the heart. After she accepted the roller and they were married, the carver then added the initials from his middle and last name to her initials. This is a very rare object to have survived alomost 200 years.