Extremely Rare OFFORD & FEDERER / WEST BROWNSVILLE, PA Stoneware Crock

July 16, 2011 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 119

Price Realized: $805.00

($700 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Freehand Decoration, Stamped "OFFORD & FEDERER / WEST BROWNSVILLE, PA," Washington Co., PA origin, circa 1860-1862, cylindrical jar with banded midsection, semi-rounded rim, and ribbed lug handles, the front decorated with a distinctive tulip vine design, additional vining at the shoulder, stripes, and the number "5" with dashes. Reverse stamped with extremely rare "OFFORD & FEDERER" maker's mark, used during the two-year partnership of potters, Alfred Offord and Edmund Federer. The vine designs on this jar are reminiscent of those found on examples made in Uniontown, PA, less than fifteen miles southeast of West Brownsville. One of a very small number of pieces known bearing this mark. Provenance: From a thirty-five year Western PA collection. Literature: Pictured on p. 173 of Schaltenbrand's Big Ware Turners. Long restored vertical crack extending onto underside, with hairlines extending from it onto base. Chip to end of one handle. A few minor nicks to shoulder molding on reverse. Minor chip to underside of rim on reverse. Small in-the-firing contact mark near base on reverse. H 15".

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