Extremely Rare THOMAS & BRO. / HUNTINGDON, PA w/ Potter's Signature and Everett, PA Advertising

Summer 2022 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 105

Price Realized: $780.00

($650 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare One-and-a-Half-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Incised Everett, PA Advertising, Incised "Thomas & Bro" and "E S Thomas / maker" and Stamped "THOMAS & BRO, / HUNTINGDON, PA," circa 1873, ovoid jar with tooled shoulder and flattened rim, incised in script at the shoulder with the advertising, "Williams, Hetzel & Co. / Everett / Penna.," along with the incised signature "Thomas & Bro." Underside incised with the name of the potter, "E S Thomas / maker," for Ephraim S. Thomas, one of the brothers who comprised this partnership. An abstract incised drawing on the side of the jar is obscured with incised lines. This work's combination of merchant, pottery, and potter names on the same object is most unusual. It is the first example of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania stoneware that we have offered with advertising for a merchant or an incised inscription of any sort. The Everett, Bedford County, Pennsylvania advertising for the firm of Williams, Hetzel & Co. dates this piece circa 1873 to 1875, and Lasansky states that Ephraim S. Thomas left Huntingdon in 1873. (See Made of Mud, p. 17.) Provenance: Estate of author and historian, Nancy Shedd, Petersburg, PA. Rim chips, the largest measuring 1 3/4". H 9 5/8".

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