RM509 19th Century Mortar and Pestle from Baltimore Maryland, in Old Red Paint This a very wonderful size wooden mortar and pestle dating from the mid 1800's. The mortar is a great color of red with an old age crack solid - The paint is old, dry early red paint . It has a nice deep extended base . The pestle has a pronounced knob at the top. The mortar is 8 1/2" tall, 5 1/2" wide, the pestle is 9 1/2" long.