Very Rare A.P. Donaghho, / Fredericktown, / Pa. Stoneware Canning or Tobacco Jar

March 14, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 520

Price Realized: $2,530.00

($2,200 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Stoneware Canning or Tobacco Jar with Stenciled Cobalt Eagle Decoration, Stenciled "A.P. Donaghho, / Fredericktown, / Pa.," circa 1870, highly unusual tapered jar with rounded shoulder, narrow opening, and squared rim. Front decorated with a stenciled design of a Federal eagle with shield, holding an olive branch and arrows in its talons. Stenciled above and below the eagle with the desirable, early "Fredericktown, Pa." maker's mark of Alexander P. Donaghho, used prior to the establishment of his long-standing Parkersburg, WV operation. This jar is the first example of this particular form we have seen bearing Donaghho stenciling. Its lack of the usual inset "wax sealer" rim suggests this jar may have been designed to hold another material, perhaps tobacco, rather than the usual preserved fruits and vegetables. Its size, larger than most Donaghho canning jars known, is also unusual. A particularly fine example of Donaghho stoneware, featuring a striking form, strong decoration, and scarce maker's mark. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in the Midwestern U.S. Excellent condition with a small chip to underside, barely visible when the jar is viewed from the front. H 10 1/2".

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