Rare Anna Pottery "Pure Big Spring Whiskey" Stoneware Pig Flask

Summer 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 88

Price Realized: $3,900.00

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

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Rare Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask, Incised "Pure Big Spring Whiskey," Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1875, molded flask in the form of a reclining pig with spout at rear, incised details to face and hooves, and anatomically-correct underside; incised on one side with advertising for "Pure Big Spring Whiskey in" above an insignia of the letter "Q" within a diamond. Remainder of pig incised with a map of the Midwest, including the following landmarks: St. Louis the future Capital, Miss River, Grand Tower, Jonesboro, Cairo, mounds, Anna, Carbondale, Duquoin, Ashley, Centralia, Odin, Effingham, Mattoon, Tolono, Chicago the Corn crib, Ohio River, and Cincinnati the Porkopolis. Surface covered in a reddish-brown Albany slip glaze with original black-and-white paint to eyes. This flask is the first that we have seen made for the Pure Big Spring Whiskey Company. Research suggests that this advertising refers to a distillery that operated in Coon Hollow, Kentucky. Provenance: Glass Works Auctions, Nov. 15, 2004, lot 280. Excellent condition with a small chip to one ear and a chip to one rear leg. L 7 3/4".



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