Coming to you from Doc's Crocks is this splendid 4 Gallon Crock made and stamped by "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, American Stoneware, pp. 69-70).
Dating about 1870, this beauty features the pottery stamp and a Large Paddletail Bird on an Orchid Branch. The bird is 9 3/4" from the tip of his beak to the tip of his tail. The Orchid has a striped leaf, blossm, and five buds. This is one of White's signature decorations and a perennial favorite with collectors. An abundance of rich cobalt blue that actually shimmers in the light (seriously!). Measures 11 1/4" tall and 12" wide across the top.
Excellent Condition. A 1/2" chip on the underside of the right handle in the back, a 1/2" chip at the base below the decoration. That's it! No rim chips, hairlines, cracks, stains, or restoration. What look like little stains does behind the left handle are flakes of ash that fell there during the firing process.
May be the cleanest and most pristine example of a Whites Paddletail Bird on a Crock that I have ever seen.
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