James Hamilton XXXX Cobalt Decorated Two-Gallon Storage Jar
Stenciled and Painted with Freehand Decoration
James Hamilton & Co. |
Circa 1870-1880: This interesting 12" two gallon James Hamilton & Co. storage jar is decorated with four unusual freehand blue X's, four freehand stripes, neat naive curlicues attached to the ends of one of the stripes, and a good deal of stenciled cobalt decoration. It is said that Hamilton's children sometimes decorated pieces of stoneware, and these primitive freehand X's and added curlicues surely seem as if they are from the hand of a child and not from an experienced decorator. The whimsical blue X's and curlicues make this jar stand out as a one of a kind example of southwest Pennsylvania stoneware fit for advanced collectors who savor something fresh, interesting, and different from what they normally find in all their usual haunts.
Hamilton and Jones
Blue Decorated Stoneware Jar