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Antique American Blue Decorated Four Gallon J. Weaver Stoneware Crock

Beaver County, Pennsylvania

Circa 1850s: Standing 14 1/2" in height, this meaty four gallon storage jar was maufactured by John Weaver of Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Stoneware manufactured in Beaver County is often boldly decorated, and this handsome jar's cobalt design, which approximates grapevines, is a stunning and imaginative example of the work done by the decorators at Mr. Weaver's pottery works. One should note that Weaver's stoneware is extremely shiny. This is because decorators in this shop -- and elsewhere in Beaver County, to be sure -- first covered the stoneware with a gray slip as to mask the dull red clay of the region before they brushed cobalt onto the pieces and fired them in the kiln. In other words, there are two layers of slip on Weaver's salt-glazed pottery, and this process made the stoneware more attractive and thus more marketable in its day. This gorgeous piece of antique American stoneware is in excellnet condition with one minor chip on the back of the lip and some roughness on one handle -- no other chips, cracks, or repairs. The jar's four gallon size gives the piece extra punch and will make it stand out in any fine collection of 19th centruy American crockery or early American country antiques.

John Weaver Beaver County PA Antique American Cobalt Blue Decorated Stoneware

John Weaver Beaver County PA Antique American Cobalt Blue Decorated Stoneware

John Weaver Beaver County PA Antique American Cobalt Blue Decorated Stoneware

John Weaver Beaver County PA Antique American Cobalt Blue Decorated Stoneware

John Weaver Beaver County PA Antique American Cobalt Blue Decorated Stoneware

John Weaver Beaver County PA Antique American Cobalt Blue Decorated Stoneware

John Weaver Beaver County PA Antique American Cobalt Blue Decorated Stoneware

Beaver County J. Weaver Blue Decorated Stoneware Jar
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