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March 2015: Stoneware & Redware Pottery.
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Price Realized: $1,840.00 ($1,600 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium).
Very Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Tapered Crock with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "HAMILTON / Greensboro / Pa," circa 1860, pail-shaped vessel with tooled midsection, semi-rounded rim, and applied lug handles, decorated with a bold flowering vine design incorporating three different blossoms. Base decorated with a brushed cobalt "3" flanked by dashes. Impressed on reverse with one of the impressed marks used by potter William Leet Hamilton, along with a three-gallon capacity mark. Attractive form with superb decoration. Some in-the-firing lines to shoulder on side and reverse, which do not extend through to interior. 7 1/2" H-shaped line on reverse, which may have occurred in the firing. Hairlines on underside and 2" U-shaped crack on underside, which extends a short distance onto base in two places. A few base chips. H 12".
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