Rare Western PA Stoneware Eagle Jar, probably Stephen H. Ward, West Brownsville, PA

October 26, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 237

Price Realized: $649.00

($550 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Scarce Two-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jar with Stenciled Federal Eagle Motif, probably Stephen H. Ward, West Brownsville, PA, circa 1870, semi-ovoid jar with flattened rim, decorated with a finely-stenciled design of a spread-winged Federal eagle, perched atop a shield, clutching arrows in one foot. Stenciled floral motifs flank the eagle and a bold-faced, stenciled "2" appears below. Freehand wavy stripe decoration below rim and at base. This jar is the first example of Western Pennsylvania stoneware that we have seen bearing this particular stenciled eagle motif. The overall style of the jar suggests it was probably made by West Brownsville, PA potter, Stephen H. Ward. Excellent, essentially as-made condition.

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