Important MACQUOID / NEW YORK Stoneware Crock with Federal Eagle and Historic Inscription

November 3, 2012 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 124

Price Realized: $3,737.50

($3,250 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Historically Significant Two-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Eagle Holding a Banner Inscribed "Gold $1.44.1/2/" Stamped "WM. A. MacQuoid & CO / NEW-YORK / LITTLE WST 12TH ST," circa 1869, cylindrical crock with tooled shoulder, semi-rounded rim, and applied lug handles, decorated with a large brushed cobalt decoration of a detailed, spread-winged eagle holding a wavy banner, inscribed "Gold $1.44.1/2". This unique crock likely references the Black Friday Scandal of 1869, in which two wealthy businessmen, Jim Fiske and Jay Gould, attempted to corner the gold market by convincing President Grant to withdraw the U.S. government from the gold market. Between September 2 and September 24, 1869, the price of gold spiked from $34/ounce to $144/ounce. Excellent figural decoration with an interesting historical reference. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, consigned from the Mid-Atlantic. 4 1/2" hairline from rim on reverse. Small rim chips.

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