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 3/4 inches across. Coated in lead glaze and colored with the use of oxides, it is 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 about a third of the way down is a whimsical, linked chain-like decoration that was hand applied. This piece shows age with some white calcium deposits on the unglazed underside from being stored on a dirt floor for years. There are some some chips in the opening rim and on the spout. Normally, rugged, 1800s redware pieces saw plenty of use in their day and surviving examples that turn up today have damage. Remarkably, this pitcher is very well preserved and not cracked or significantly damaged. There is some pitting inside the piece from past use and wear. It’s a beautiful example of utilitarian pottery 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!
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