Here’s a scarce, 19th Century redware pitcher in excellent condition. Very folksy, it has a bulbous shape along with a pinched spout and an applied handle. It stands about 10 3/4 inches high and its widest point is about 7 3/4 inches in diameter. The bottom measures 4 1/2 inches across while the opening measures 5 1/4 inches across the spout. Coated in lead glaze and colored with the use of oxides, it's primarily green with orange/mustard mottling inside and out. The glaze stops short of the bottom of the piece and the underside is completely unglazed. On the side of the exterior, there are whimsical slip decorations all the way around. This piece has contacts marks where it touched other pieces during the firing process that are typical of pottery from this period. There are some some old chips in the opening rim and on the spout with another on the bottom edge. The exterior surface shows some abrasions where is apparently came in contact with other pieces. Normally, rugged, 1800s redware pieces saw plenty of use in their day and surviving examples that turn up today have some damage. Fortunately, this pitcher has no cracks and is well preserved and is a true example of utilitarian pottery of the mid 1800s. It’s a beautiful pitcher that was an everyday household item that wasn’t consider special back in its time, but now has become a very collectible and desirable item! Make this old piece a highlight of your collection! You won't be disappointed!
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