Extremely Rare G. UNSER / JEFFERSONVILLE, Indiana Stoneware Churn w/ Incised Profanity

Spring 2022 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 147

Price Realized: $270.00

($225 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Five-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Incised Profanity, Stamped "G. UNSER / JEFFERSONVILLE / IND.," third quarter 19th century, semi-ovoid churn with tooled shoulder, squared rim, and arched tab handles, incised in large script with the word, "Shit," at the shoulder. Salt-glazed surface. It is unclear whether this churn was made to be used as a sort of traveling commode or whether the potter was simply writing the word as an exclamation or joke. Very few examples of 19th century American pottery with profanity exist. A 2 1/4" flake to front of rim and a minor chip to side of rim. Minor chips to inner rim for lid. A 1" Y-shaped line, continuing 1 3/4" up base on reverse. Minor white paint residue. H 17".

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