| These large wooden bowls were called either bread bowls or dough bowls. The latter title is probably the most accurate. They were also sometimes called trays or dough trays. Larger dough trays were given legs and developed into the piece of kitchen furniture known as the doughtrey, one of which is exhibited in the Furniture and Household Furnishings gallery.
The houewife would mix up her ingredients, and then, after the dough was kneaded and ready to be set aside to rise, she would place the dough in this type of bowl and cover it with a piece of cloth.