Coming to you from Doc's Crocks is this wonderful 3 Gallon Crock made and stamped by the "N. A. White & Son, Utica, N.Y."
This is a work of Nicholas White and his sons, William and Charles, who ran the family pottery from 1865-1886 (William Ketchum, Jr., American Stoneware, pp. 69-70).
Dating about 1870, this beauty features the Pottery Stamp with Cobalt Wash and--the Main Attraction-- a Large Freehand Orchid Plant in Strong Cobalt! It has two striped leaves, two blue leaves with cobalt-filled centers, and a blossom with one cobalt-filled and one striped petal. A blend of slip cup and brush decoration. The slip cup outlined the floral and the stripes, and a brushed filled in the decoration. Measures 10 1/4" tall and 11 1/2" wide across the top.
Very Good Condition. A water glass ring inside from use, four small chips on the rim in the back (1/8" to 1/2"), a section on the back with glaze flakes with a Y shaped hairline at the base below it that wraps under 3" (closeup). No inner rim or base chips, outer stains, or restoration. The final 1/4" of the cobalt on the right side of the stripes in the right petal of the blossom came off in the firing, but is not distracting.
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