Unusual Glazed Redware Pipe Bowl Inscribed "A. F. / 1828", possibly Swank, Johnstown

October 17, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 516

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Rare Sgraffito-Decorated Redware Pipe Bowl, Inscribed "A.F. /1828", PA origin, possibly Swank Family, Somerset County, PA, 1828, wheel-thrown pipe bowl with thin rim and attached neck with flared rim, the surface covered in bright-green copper slip and sgraffito-decorated with a star, the initials "A+F", and the date "1828". Surface covered in a clear lead glaze. Excellent color and decoration, surviving in remarkable condition for its age. This pipe bowl was consigned from Western Pennsylvania along with two Swank stoneware miniatures, suggesting it may be an early Swank family piece made in Somerset County, PA, prior to their Johnstown operation. Wear to rim of bowl and stem. L 3 3/4".


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