Coming to you from Doc's Crocks is this wonderful Sleepy Eye Stoneware Mug made and stamped on the Bottom by the W.S.Co., Monmouth, Ill."
It was made by the Western Stoneware Company of Monmouth, Illinois. Western made this piece for the Old Sleepy Eye Milling Company of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. It was a giveaway premium for buyers of their flour from 1906-1937. See Jim Martin and Bette Cooper, Monmouth-Western Stoneware , pp. 112-13.
This beauty features the company stamp on the bottom, Old Sleepy Eye in Profile on One Side and a Tepee and Trees on the Other, A bust of Old Sleepy Eye graces the handle. Cobalt trim on the handle and base. Stands 4 1/4" tall.
Very good condition. Some extremely fine glaze wear and pinpick-size nibbles along the top of the rim on the front half. No base chips, hairlines, cracks, stains, or restoration. Fine glaze crazing of age.