Once in a while a phenomenal jar surfaces that is almost in a class by itself.
This stunning 4 Gallon Jar was made for the merchant, "Thomas Medford, Stoves, Queensware, & C. & C., Huntington, W. VA."
It was made by Hamilton & Jones, Manufacturers, Greensboro, PA."
I looked through a lot of past sales of West Virginia stoneware and this is about the only larger jar I could find from West Virginia with the merchant and the manufacturer both on the jar.
Dating around 1880, this beauty features a light gray clay with bold and shiny cobalt. The top sports two broad stripes that hover over 5 lines of advertising framed by squiggle stripes. Below the manufacturer advertising, capacity number, and final stripe find their home. Additional cobalt at the handle terminals.
Excellent Condition. Small chips around the inner rim from use with a lid, a two surface-only lines (2" below the right side of "manufacturers" and 6" below the right handle. Very hard to see unless wet. Do not go through.
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