March 5, 2011 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 61

Price Realized: $345.00

($300 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare "ARMSTRONGS STANDARD STORE. / BRIDGEPORT. PA." Stoneware Advertising Jar, Western PA origin, circa 1885, half-gallon cylindrical jar with tooled shoulder and semi-rounded rim, decorated with elaborate stenciled advertising "ARMSTRONG'S STANDARD / STORE / DEALERS IN / FINE GROCERIES & / FARM IMPLEMENTS. / BRIDGEPORT. PA." This jar was made for a store in Bridgeport (now Brownsville), Fayette Co., PA, owned and operated by merchant, William C. Amstrong. Armstrong was born in 1835 and in 1856 began training in steamboat engineering on the Steamboat "J.M. Converse." By 1861, he was First Assistant Engineer on the government boat "Marmond, where he was involved in all of the major Civil War naval battles along the Mississippi, as well as the Battle of Vicksburg. " After a long career on the water, Armstrong opened his large "Standard Store" in Bridgeport in 1883. The above information was provided by the book Biographical & Portrait Cyclopedia of Fayette County, PA, Gresham and Wiley, 1889, p. 245. A fine example of Western PA advertising. Thin cracks in underside, extending several inches up front of jar, and a short distance onto base on reverse. H 8 1/8".

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