Coming to you from Doc's Crocks is this splendid 5 Gallon Stoneware Churn made and stamped by W. Roberts, Binghamton, N.Y."
This is work of William Roberts, son-in-law of Noah White of Whites Utica Pottery. He founded a branch of the family business in Binghamton in 1848 and ran it until 1888 (William Ketchum, Jr., American Stoneware, p. 71)
This beauty features the Tall and Handsome Churn Form, the Pottery Stamp with Cobalt Wash, and a Folk Art Dotted Bird on a Branch Decoration. This birdy has a distinctive comb and beak, breast with 5 stripes, wing with 5 feathers and 5 dots, and 4 tail feathers. He stands on the branch of an orchid with many leaves and a small blossom. Executed with a slip cup in strong cobalt blue too! Stands 17 1/2" tall.
Excellent Condition. Minor nibbles and wear on the inner rim where a lid would sit, and two narrow chips on the underside at the edge (1", 1 1/2"). That's it! No outer rim chips, hairlines, cracks, stains, or restoration. Exceptionally clean example.
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