Extremely Rare New Jersey Ironstone Pig Flask in the Manner of Anna Pottery

July 21, 2012 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 169

Price Realized: $1,150.00

($1,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Ironstone Pig Bottle, probably New Jersey, circa 1880, molded from a similar bottle as those produced by the Kirkpatricks in Anna, Illinois, with hole at rear and anatomically correct underside, although this example is made from a fine, white ironstone. Incised details to head including pierced ears. Further incised on one side "a little old Bourbon - in a hogs [pointing hand] / Joseph Walters". According to the 1880 United States Federal Census, a Joseph W. Walters, laborer, age 21, lived adjacent to two major potteries in South Amboy. His family's census entry immediately followed those of Harry C. Perrine, proprietor of Swan Hill Pottery, and Joseph Wooten, proprietor of Providence pottery, suggesting Walters may have worked at one of these operations, or that the bottle was made for him by a worker who was employed there and lived nearby. Provenance: From a thirty-plus year New Jersey collection. Excellent condition with original stacker marks on underside and very minor wear to spout. L 6 3/4".

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