Very Unusual GATE CITY WATER COOLER Two-Piece Filter with Bird Decoration

March 23, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 312

Price Realized: $590.00

($500 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Scarce Two-Piece Stoneware GATE CITY WATER COOLER with Cobalt Bird Decoration, Fort Edward, NY origin, circa 1886, ovoid base with tooled accents, circular bunghole, and large slip-trailed cobalt decoration, impressed with the cobalt-highlighted mark, "GATE CITY WATER COOLER. / Patented May 25th, 1886.". Removeable upper section is potted in a cylindrical form with semi-rounded rim and plaster-like filtering medium on interior, decorated on the front with a slip-trailed bird-on-branch. The shoulder features the impressed and cobalt-highlighted mark, "GATE CITY STONE FILTER.", followed by five patent dates ranging from 1882 to 1886. Cooler includes metal spigot and an associated Remmey, Philadelphia stoneware lid with cobalt-swag decoration. Filter with a 6" spider crack from rim on reverse and chips to flange on underside. Cooler in very nice condition with three chips to inner rim. Lid with several chips. H (excluding lid) 21 3/8".

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