Spirit Cooler Trough
A rare carved limestone spirit cooler trough with serpentine channel, in two parts, English, ca. 1870. 12 ins. high, 72 ins. wide, 45 ins. deep.
This type of trough was an early form of refrigeration used on English dairy farms. Cold spring water was piped into the trough and a marble slab was placed on top. The water chilled the stone and the marble, providing a cold spot upon which to place churns of milk and freshly-made cheeses.
Barbara says, "I can envision using these as a small rill (narrow waterway) with water once again flowing through them. Whatever your style—contemporary or traditional—if placed creatively these can be a real show stopper".