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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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“Old Squaws No.2”, A Dry Point by Frank W. Benson (1862 – 1951), Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1918, Edition # 136. Benson was both a Well-Known American Impressionist Painter (see Bedford’s Frank W. Benson: American Impressionist) as well as a Noted Sporting Artist Pioneering in Etching and Dry Point (see Ordeman’s Frank W. Benson: Master of the Sporting Print). This Image of “Old Squaws”, now referred to as Long-Tailed Ducks, was done in dry point with a production number of 136; since was the second time Benson worked with Old Squaws as an image, it is also referenced as No. 2. The Image was obtained from the Private Collection of Frank W. Benson by descent to his Great Grandson. Image Size: 5” x 10”; Frame Size: 12 ¾” x 17”. It has been framed in a Traditional Style for Dry Point. Excellent Original Condition. Please note that the Initial Photograph provides the most accurate color of the Image.

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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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