Outstanding BROWN BROTHERS / HUNTINGTON, L.I. Stoneware Jar Inscribed "Hold Your Tongue" Surrounded by Stars

July 18, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 477

Price Realized: $3,900.00

($3,250 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Outstanding Two-Gallon Stoneware Epitaph Crock with Cobalt Stars Decoration, Inscribed "HOLD YOUR TONGUE", Stamped "BROWN BROTHER. / HUNTINGTON, L.I.," circa 1870-1885, cylindrical crock with tooled shoulder, semi-rounded rim, and applied lug handles, decorated with the folksy slip-trailed cobalt inscription, "HOLD YOUR TONGUE", surrounded by three stars. Cobalt highlight to maker's mark. The incorporation of stars into the design adds decorative appeal and rarity to the crock. Relatively few star-decorated examples of Brown Brothers stoneware are known. Provenance: Purchased by the consignor at a Huntington area auction in the 1970s. A 1 1/4" chip to left side of rim on crock's front. A shallower 1" chip to right side of rim on front. A 1" chip on interior of rim. A small handle chip. A short hairline from rim on left side of jar above handle.

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