Very Rare BACHER & KERN / WINCHESTER, VA Redware Canning Jar

Fall 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 352

Price Realized: $330.00

($275 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Shenandoah Valley Glazed Redware Canning Jar, Stamped "BACHER & KERN / WINCHESTER, VA," circa 1883, cylindrical jar with tooled shoulder and flared "wax sealer" rim, the surface covered in a clear lead glaze over a bright orange ground. Impressed on underside with the maker's mark of partners, Anthony Bacher and Adam Kern. According to H.E. Comstock's The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, this mark was very short-lived, used in the year 1883. Due to disagreements, Bacher and Kern dissolved their partnership in 1884 and Kern returned to Pennsylvania (Comstock, p. 430). Relatively few pieces bearing this mark are known, this example featuring excellent color and a lesser-seen wax sealer form, more typical of stoneware of the period. Rim chips. A few very minor chips to inner wax sealer rim. A few small base chips. A few small surface flakes to body of jar. Three in-the-firing pings to underside. H 6 3/8".

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