Coming to you from Doc's Crocks is this wonderful 3 Gallon Barrel Water Cooler with Incised Bird.
The form of the barrel, the square shape of the frame to the spigot hole with faux screw heads, and the incised bird indicate that this cooler was made by the Somerset Potter's Works of Somerset, Massachusetts. This pottery was run by Leonard and Benjamin G. Chace from 1847-1882 (William Ketchum, Jr., American Stoneware, p. 51).
Circa 1850, this beauty features the Barrel Form with Four Sets of Embossed Hoops Embellished with Cobalt, a Spigot Hole Framed with a Rectangular Frame with Faux Screws, and an Incised Bird with Ringed Neck and Dotted Wing on a Branch with Three Leaves-- all with Cobalt Wash. Comes with an old wooden spigot. Stands 13" tall.
Excellent Condition. Three small chips inside and outside the rim (1/8" to 1/4"), and two chips on the bottom of the frame of the spigot hole (1/4", 3/8"). That's it! No hairlines, cracks, stains, or restoration. Very clean glaze.
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