Beautifully mossy large antique millstone imported from England.
Millstones were an agricultural tool important in feeding the world until the Industrial Revolution. It took two millstones to grind the grain - a base or convex "bedstone" and then a concave top or "runner" stone that turned on top to grind the grain. Millstones have deep grooves ("furrows"), a flat surface ("land"), and smaller grooves ("feathering"). Together this pattern is called a "harp". Most millstones have six to ten harps. The millstones must be evenly balanced with accuracy so that the grain is ground precisely. Millstones were carved from burrstone, sandstone, and limestone. Smaller millstones could be used by a family or on a small farm, while larger ones were used in mills and in business. Millstones make wonderful garden ornaments - as bases, steps, fountains, or as a decorative focal point.
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