Very Rare SEYMOUR & BOSWORTH / HARTFORD, CONN. Crock w/ Man's Bust Decoration

October 26, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 182

Price Realized: $442.50

($375 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Decoration of a Man's Bust, Stamped "SEYMOUR & BOSWORTH / HARTFORD, CONN.," circa 1871-1890, cylindrical crock with tooled shoulder, applied lug handles, and semi-rounded rim, decorated with a slip-trailed design of a man's bust with hat, long sideburns, upswept mustache, goatee, and buttoned shirt. Cobalt highlights to maker's mark and capacity mark. This design may depict the Old West figure and showman, William Frederick "Buffalo Bill"Cody (1846-1917), who toured the country with his Buffalo Bill's Wild West shows starting in 1883. The figure may also represent Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876), who is best known for his "Last Stand" as he and a third of his men were killed by a coalition of Native-American tribes during the Battle Of Little Bighorn in the Montana Territory on June 25, 1876. Restoration to much of exterior and interior surface with minimal touch-up to cobalt. In-the-firing fissures to surface.

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