A useful and quaint milking stool

This ebonised stool is a bit of a puzzle. The feet don't look as though they have stood around on the flagstones in a cowshed for any time. The black, ebonised, finish is more suggestive of a fashionable Æsthetic parlour than a farmyard. The dished top has "shrunk across the grain", something which happens over a long time, and is no longer circular. Was this ever a milking stool or was it made for a Victorian household decorated in the cottage style? It will make a stylish wine table, lamp or plant stand or even a seat.

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