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Rare Hand Signed Stoneware Bottle with a Golden Tan Glaze and a Wire Bail Ceramic Stopper, circa Late 1800s – Early 1900s. This Early Salt Glazed Stoneware Bottle is Hand Signed either “C” or “G” “Bahly” across the shoulder; the Neck has holes in either side, created before firing, to insert a wire bail to hold a ceramic and rubber lid to cap the liquid inside. In many cases, that liquid is either beer or ale, but it could be of some other type. The Bottle measures 12” in height and 3 ½” in diameter at the base. The Golden Tan glaze is quite appealing and in relatively Good Condition (there are minor chips to both the top and bottom edges – see images) and the bottom displays the use of turned wire separation from the potter’s wheel. We purchased this bottle over 30 years ago at a stoneware auction in Vermont and assume that it is from New England. As a Rare Hand Signed Bottle, it represents considerable effort in the making and excellent character in presentation.
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Price $195 plus shipping
An Excellent Example of a Taconic Friendship Basket made by German Immigrants in Upstate New York, circa Late 19th – Early 20th century. According to Robert Shaw’s American Baskets, Taconic basket makers moved into the area of West Taghkanic, New York, and combined basket making skills from Germany and the Native American population. As highly skilled basket makers, their work is often considered “Shaker”, though there are distinctions. Shaw indicates that the few more delicate baskets they made are the “friendship” baskets, “used to carry cookies on a visit to a neighbor, or to hold sewing materials, friendship baskets usually have a round base with a raised center, low sides and split handles.” Examples are found on pg. 140 of Shaw’s book. This particular basket by an Unknown Maker meets all of those qualifications. Basket measurements: 12” in diameter at the top, 3” depth on the sides, 8” diameter on the base, total height of handle 9”. Moreover, Taconic baskets are always “double-lashed” on the rims, creating a series of X’s. Wood appears to be a mix of oak and ash. Condition is virtually Excellent and Original.
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Small Antique Redware Pitcher from New England, circa 1820. Stoneware provides a history of transition from Earthenware, to Redware are which provides a glaze style finish, to Stoneware with a salt-glazed finish both plain and decorated in style. All these materials were used on a daily basis over the centuries for the practical aspects of daily storage and kitchen activities. The Iron content in the typical earthenware and redware clay is what creates the reddest color of the fired clay. The Glazing on Redware, which provides a sealer against potential porousness of earthenware, either enhances the clay color or is tinted to create other glazed coloration. This 4 ¾” Pitcher with an Applied Handle and Line Decoration was probably covered with a relatively Clear Liquid Glaze to enhance the Red in the Finished product. The Pitcher has Minor Glaze Loss and Edge Chips but is in overall Very Good Condition with no repairs. A Wonderful Accent Piece for an Antique Collection or Historic Home.
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Price $325 plus shipping
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