Coming to you from Doc's Crocks is this Unusual 1 1/2 Gallon Stoneware Cake Crock made and stamped by "E. & L. P. Norton, Bennington, VT."
This is the mark of Edward Norton and Luman Preston Norton, the son of Julius Norton, who worked together in the family pottery from 1861-1881 (William Ketchum, Jr., American Stoneware, p. 44)
This beauty sports a clear pottery stamp with cobalt wash and an Unusual Norton Decoration- A Fancy Floral Bouquet Executed with a Slip Cup. Lots of leaves, blossoms, tendrils, and dots going everywhere! Bright Bennington cobalt throughout the decoration on a light clay for strong contrast. Best of all, it is the cake crock form! Measures 7 1/4" tall and 9 3/4" wide across the top.
Good Condition. Some thin water glass rings inside, two chips inside the rim (1/4", 1/2"), and some staining from use. A hairline from the rim above the left handle that caused most of that handle to come off as one piece and be reglued (closeup). No outer rim or base chips.
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