Rare Stoneware Little Brown Jug Impressed "8 TO 7 / ANNA, ILL"

March 2, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 358

Price Realized: $1,380.00

($1,200 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare Diminutive Stoneware Jug, Impressed "LITTLE BROWN JUG / 8 to 7 / ANNA, ILL," Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL., circa 1877, highly ovoid jug with rounded foot, tall spout, and applied strap handle. Midsection impressed with rare "ANNA, ILL" mark, along with the political reference "8 to 7," which alludes to the U.S. Presidential Election of 1876. In this election, Tilden won the popular vote, but lacked one electoral vote to carry a majority and win the Presidency. An electoral commission of fifteen members, chosen from the House, Senate, and Supreme Court, was created. This alternate method of election, referred to as the Compromise of 1877, led to a Hayes victory by the slimmest of margins, an "8 to 7" vote from the fifteen members. While Anna Pottery jugs bearing the hand-incised slogan "Little Brown Jug" are fairly common, this example, with impressed inscriptions, is quite rare. Chip on interior of rim, and a minor nick and rub on exterior of rim. Minor in-the-firing stone ping to shoulder. H 4 1/2".

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