Here's a quality, as-found, 19th Century redware pitcher up for bids without reserve. Bulbous in shape, this primitive piece of pottery shows age and wear but is in overall very good condition. Coated in lead glaze, it's mainly green inside while the outside is green with lots of mustard yellow colored mottling. Around the belly of this pitcher, on both sides, is a whimsical, floral, hand-applied decoration in dark green. A small area near the bottom of this piece as well as the underside itself were never glazed. Those unglazed portions have an old, original, grungy patina that's the result of use, wear, and the passage of time. Redware pots and pitchers like this one were stored in cellars on dirt floors and the natural, unglazed surfaces soaked up ground moisture and cooled whatever was being stored inside as the interior glaze protected the contents from contamination. The piece was likely used to store and serve homemade juices and milk back in its time.
Surviving pieces of 1800s utilitarian redware pottery typically have damage of some sort, especially chipping or cracks. This pitcher is exceptionally well-preserved with just a few, very old chips in the bottom edge....so old, they have been worn smooth over time. There are no cracks or hairlines in this pitcher and the applied handle has never been broken. It is a rugged, structurally sound piece of pottery that is much heavier than it looks. While it saw plenty of use in its day, it wasn't considered anything special back then. Now it has become great example of redware folk pottery that would be a superb addition to any collection or a unique piece to decorate your home. You won't be disappointed in this!
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