RM96 19th Century Mortar and Pestle in Old Red Paint This a very solid little wood mortar and pestle dating from the mid 1800's. The mortar is in great condition - no breaks or cracks of any kind. The paint is old, dry early red milk paint with darkening around the top where it was handled frequently. It has a nice deep extended base and a lip at the top rim. The pestle has a pronounced knob at the tip and an incised line at the top of the masher. The mortar is 6 1/4" tall, 4" wide, the pestle is 8 1/2" long. Excellent condition - the pestle has a minor surface crack on one side which is quite shallow. Wonderful size and proportions with great paint!