Rare Philadelphia Stoneware Advertising Mug

Fall 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 269

Price Realized: $900.00

($750 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Rare Philadelphia Stoneware Advertising Mug with Cobalt Floral Decoration, attributed to Richard C. Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, late 19th century, cylindrical mug with coggled and cobalt-highlighted banding, decorated with two brushed cobalt tulips flanking the impressed advertising, "COMPLIMENTS / OF / JOHN STECK / S.W. COR. / 2ND & NORRIS STS." John Steck first appears in the 1892 Philadelphia city directory as a dealer in lager at 1958 (and subsequently 1960) North Second Street; this was located on the southwest corner of Second and Norris. From 1893 to 1904 he continues to be listed at this address as a liquor dealer; a 1903 newspaper item describes him as a "saloon-keeper." Recessed underside. Albany-slip-glazed interior. Freehand-decorated stoneware examples of this form are considered rare. Excellent, essentially as-made condition with some old residue to top of rim. H 5".

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