Miniature Stoneware Churn with Initials "S. W. C.", probably Ohio

March 2, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 311

Price Realized: $747.50

($650 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare Miniature Stoneware Presentation Churn with Cobalt Heart Decoration, Impressed "S W C," Midwestern origin, probably Ohio, circa 1850-1860, stylish, semi-ovoid form with flared rim and large handles; one side with the impressed and cobalt-highlighted initials "S W C," underscored by an inverted heart, the opposite side featuring an impressed and cobalt-highlighted number "4," underscored by a spotted design of two conjoined inverted hearts. Handles decorated with cobalt spots surrounded by cobalt brushworks. Heavy cobalt brushed around rim. A well-decorated and highly unusual Midwestern miniature. The impressed "4" suggests the churn may be a salesman's sampler for a four-gallon churn, while the impressed initials and heart motifs seem to imply the vessel was made as a presentation piece, possibly for a loved one. Three small chips to one handle. A minor nick to opposite handle, with additional very minor wear to end of handle. Small chip to rim. Three small rim chips. Tiny stone ping to bottom edge. H 6 1/2".

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