Antique carved millstone with ribbing 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 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.
For more information, read our blog on the history of Millstones.