Coming to you from Doc's Crocks is this special 3 Gallon Jug made and stamped by "F. Stetzenmeyer, Rochester, N.Y."
This is the work of Frederick Stetzenmeyer who ran his pottery in Rochester from 1849 to about 1860 (William Ketchum, American Stoneware, p. 74).
As you know, Stetzenmeyer decoration, along with that of John Burger and Nathan Clark, set the standard for stoneware decoration in New York State (and along with the Norton Pottery in Bennington, Vermont), the nation.
This beauty sports a Freehand Capacity Number, Cleary Impressed Pottery Stamp with Cobalt Wash, and a Huge Sunflower Decoration. The flower has 7 Leaves, four with stripe accents, and a blossom with a large striped center surrounded by 8 leaves with stripe accents at the tips. All the decoration was painstakenly executed with a slip cup. Lots of shading and brilliant cobalt too! Stands 16 3/4" tall.
Excellent Condition. A 1/4" chip and 1" surface line below on the back near the bottom to the right of center, and some light wear to the decoration and scattered staining from use. That's it! No spout or base chips, hairlines, cracks, or restoration. Some old molasses inside at the bottom.
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