Coming to you from Doc's Crocks is this gorgeous 4 gallon stoneware jug made and stamped by "J. Norton & Co., Bennington, VT."
This is the work of Julius Norton, his son Luman, and his cousin Edward Norton who worked in Bennington using this mark from 1859-1861 (William Ketchum, Jr., American Stoneware, pp, 42, 44).
This beauty features the pottery stamp with cobalt wash, and a large 4 gallon size. The size allowed the decorator a lot of space to create this stunning floral with leaves, center flower, buds, and tendrils going everywhere. And whoever mixed the cobalt that day really got it right- rich and shiny. Stands 17 1/4"
Excellent Condition. A 2" scratch on the left side of the decoration near the stem, and a 1/4" chip near the bottom on the left side. No spout or base chips, hairlines, cracks, stains, or restoration. A 1/4" stone ping and 3/8" kiln touch on the decoration in the making.