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Early Antique Staffordshire Earthworm Decorated Multi-colored Mochaware Bowl: Large, Rare For Sale

Antique Mochaware Earthworm Pearlware Bowl »

Circa 1840-1860: Brilliant blue ground is stunning with rich black striping. This mochaware footed bowl features gorgeous slip decoration, and its whopping 11 inch diameter makes it a very rare find. This bowl is incredilbly eye catching and could serve as the centerpiece in any collection of early decorated slipware.

For Sale: $1,495

Early Antique Staffordshire Earthworm Decorated Multi-colored Mochaware Bowl: Large, Rare For Sale

Early Staffordshire Mochaware Bowl with Earthworm Decoration »

Circa 1840-1860: Pearlware Bowl with Tri-Color Decoration. This lovely mochaware bowl features blue and white earthworm decoration on a blue-green ground and is bordered on top and bottom with dark brown-black stripes.

For Sale: $750

Historical StaffordshirePottery Platter Oxford Views Ridgway Blue and White 19th Century Ceramics

Historical Staffordshire Platter: Wadham College
from J&W Ridgway's Oxford Scenes »

Circa 1835 | Ridgway Historic Scene Large historical Staffordshire pottery platter of Wadham College. The "Oxford Views" series by Ridgway. Marked on reverse "Opaque China Wadham College Oxford J & W Ridgway

For Sale: $795

Historical Staffordshire American Scene Philadelphia Library JW Ridgway

Historical Staffordshire Beauties of America Scenes »

Philadelphia Library: Blue and White Historical Staffordshire J and W Ridgway makers.

For Sale: $485

Hudson River Valley Historical Staffordshire

Park Theatre, New York | Historical Staffordshire »

Circa 1825-1832: Dark blue Historical Staffordshire ten inch dinner plate with acorn border from Stevenson and Williams.

For Sale: $550

Beauties of America Library Philadelphia J and W Ridgeway 8 Dark Blue Historical Staffordshire Plate For Sale

J. & W. Ridgway "Beauties of America" Series »

Circa 1820s-1830s: Dark blue historical Staffordshire transferware with American scenes are the most collected and desirable of the English transferware made for the American market, and smaller plates, such as this lovely 8 1/4" plate depicting the Philadelphia library are more difficult to find than their larger counterparts. This example from the Beauties of America series features Ridgway's floral border and is in excellent condition

For Sale: $495

Historical Staffordshire American Scenes Fairmount Near Philadelphia

Historical Staffordshire America Scenes: Fairmont Near Philidelphia »

Eagle Border: Blue and White Historical Staffordshire Stubbs plate

For Sale: $450

Sleepy Eye Blue and White Decorated Pitcher: Signed and Dated 1910 by Frank Haw

Important Frank Haws Western Stoneware Old Sleepy Eye
Blue & White Folk Art Lunch Hour Pitcher Signed FH 1910 »

Circa 1910: Here is the finest Western Stoneware lunch hour piece we have ever seen. Frank Haws, one of the most prolific, highly skilled, and important of Western's potters, crafted this exuberantly cobalt decorated Old Sleepy Pitcher in 1910. Lunch hour pitchers from Western Stoneware are highly prized, and pieces signed by known potters are extremely rare and desirable. This stunning one of a kind Illinois folk art stoneware pitcher is a fabulopus example of American folk art and could be the centerpiece in any advanced collection of Illinois stoneware or blue and white potttery.

For Sale: $2250

Early 19th Century Stoneware Ovoid Blue Decorated New York Jar Marked Clark

Antique American Blue Decorated Two Gallon Ovoid Stoneware Jar »

Circa 1838-1846: Standing 11 1/2"in height, this highly ovoid storage jar was maufactured by the storied New York Clark family of potters. This mark was used only for eight years and is fairly scarce on today's market. The crock has one outside rim chip and a couple minor inside dings but has no cracks or repairs and is in excellent condition for a piece of its advanced vintage. The large freehand numeral 2 leaves no mistake of its two gallon capacity and gives the crock a great country primitive appeal.

For Sale: $395

1830s Ovoid Ohio Antique Blue Decorated Stoneware Storage Jar with Freehand Decoration

Early Ohio Two Gallon Ovoid Salt Glazed Storage Jar  »

Circa 1830s: This lovely cobalt decorated ovoid storage crock is the country decorator's dream. The rustic mottled gray of the glaze, the primitive cobalt tulip, the stone pops and pock marks of a 180 year history, and its early ovoid form combine to make this ruggedly handsome storage jar a perfect fit on painted crock bench or in an old open cupboard.

For Sale: $695

Large Antique Ovoid Stoneware Jug with Blue Freehand Decoration, Incluing Striped Handle, Large Wisteria Flower, Inscribed No. 5

5 Gallon Ohio Blue Decorated Antique Ovoid Stoneware Jug »

Circa 1830-1850: Measuring 15 1/2" tall and 10 1/2" wide, this rugged 5 gallon Ohio ovoid jug with floral decoration and a neat decorated handle is a sight to behold. The charming floral decoration approximates the wisteria and counterpoints the masculine beauty of this formidable hunk of early American stoneware.

For Sale: $495

Alexandria VA Virginia John Swann Antqiue American Southern Stoneware Cobalt One Gallon Storage Jar For Sale

Early One Gallon Blue Decorated Stoneware Storage Jar
Possibly Attributed to John Swann, Alexandria, Virginia »

Circa 1820-1830: Standing ten inches in height, this early and interesting one gallon stoneware storage jar sports a simple but unusual dotted cobalt decoration around its shoulder. Although unsigned, the decoration, glaze color, and form of this jar resemble the work of Alexandria, Virginia's master potterJohn Swann. Swann is known to have begun decoratiing his pottery in order to compete with the potters in Baltimore, who already specialized in blue decorated wares.

For Sale: $695

New Geneva PA Highly Decorated 7 Inch Tanware Pitcher For Sale: Pennsylvania Brown Paint Decorated Flower Design Tourist Pottery

New Geneva PA Highly Decorated 7 Inch Tanware Pitcher »

Tanware was manufactured in New Geneva, Pennsylvania from approximately 1880 until just after the turn of the 20th century and was sold mainly to tourists as souvenirs. Thus, great care was taken in making beautiful and elaborate hand-painted decoration on these pieces, and this is why Pennsylvania tanware ranks as some of the most highly prized and collectible antique American stoneware.

For Sale: $1,495

Previously Sold Pieces:
Antique Stoneware Pitcher Blue Decorated Salt Glazed

Antique Blue Decorated Stoneware from Morgantown, WV »

Circa 1880s: Highly prized blue decorated stoneware produced in Morgantown, West Virginia, is hard to come by in any condition, and this handsome, folksy two-gallon storage jar with Morgantown's signature feather decoration has no chips, cracks, or repairs. Painted from top to bottom of its field in rich, pure, bold, and confident cobalt strokes, this superb example of antique American folk art pottery has the high blue/gray contrast and striking quantity of cobalt embellishment the discerning stoneware collector desires.


Redware Slip Decorated Plate

Redware Slip Decorated Plate »

Circa 1850 | S.E. Pennsylvania

Coggled edges and yellow slip decoration and great wear on this lovely early redware plate. 8 1/2"


Ovoid One Gallon Jug with Cobalt Floral Decoration Possibly D.P. Shenfelder, Reading PA

Ovoid One Gallon Jug with Cobalt Floral Decoration
Possibly Attributed to D.P. Shenfelder, Reading, PA  »

Circa 1830-1850: Although unsigned, this handsome 10 1/2" tall ovoid blue decorated antique stoneware jug features the tilted floral decoration present on many forms of pottery from Daniel Shenfelder's shop in Reading, Pennsylvania.


Redware Slip Decorated Plate

Yellow Slip Decorated Redware Bowl »

Circa 1850-1880: Excelent condition on this early american antique redware, slip decorated bowl. Six freehand painted yellow slip lines.


Historical StaffordshirePottery Platter Oxford Views Ridgway Blue and White 19th Century Ceramics

Early 19th Century Mochaware Marbleized/Agate Bowl »

Circa 1840: Agate or marbled - Also know as variegated designs were made by working several colors of slip together on the ware to give a marbleized, swirled, or spattered surface. This usually resulted in a busy surface pattern, which was pleasingly balanced with bands of checkering or impressed designs at the rim and foot. Manufactured in the 1770's, it is the earliest know example of slip on refined earthenware. The process was used to imitate geological stones like marble. Increased simplicity and uniformity of decoration such as simple banding without additional slip or incised designs marked later dipped wares, generally after 1840. This simplification was a way of cutting the production costs.


Gaudy Dutch Oyster Pattern Creamer for Sale

Gaudy Dutch Oyster Pattern Creamer »

Circa 1820: Gaudy Dutch pottery, made by the Staffordshire potters for the American market, is bright and colorful and one of the most desirable of the soft paste porcelain wares. Gaudy Dutch is typically unmarked, which has been attributed by some to be indicative of Americanulls reluctance to buy English-made products after the Revolutionary War. Painted with artisan excellence, all done in freehand, the deep rusty reds and rich cobalt blues are as striking today as they were nearly 200 years ago.


Tanware 19th Century Pennsylvania Decorated Antique Pitcher with Lincoln Drape

7" Decorated Pennsylvania Tanware Pitcher »

Circa 1880-1900: Unusual Red Clay, Beautiful Form. This handsome half gallon New Geneva, Pennsylvania tanware pitcher displays Lincoln drape decoration.


Redware Slip Decorated Plate

Yellow Slip Decorated Redware Bowl »

Circa 1850-1875: Great color on this early yellow slip decorated antique redware bowl.


Antique American Redware Sewer Tile Lunch Hour Folk Art Recumbant Lion Ohio

Ohio Folk Art Sewer Tile Growling Recumbant Lion  »

Circa 1900-1925: Measuring just under 10" wide, this whimsical Ohio sewer tile recumbant lion sports crossed front paws, open mouth, and unusually positioned tail.


Historical Staffordshire: Pair Squirrels on Tree Stump Bases holding Acorns 19th Century Antique Staffordshire Pottery

Antique Staffordshire Pair of Squirrels on Tree Stumps Holding Acorns »

Circa 1870: Pair of hand painted, early Staffordshire Pottery squirrels on stump holding acorns. Staffordshire figure pottery body with pearlware glaze and decorated in enamel colours. The figures are very well modelled and have strong visual appeal.


Historical Staffordshire American Scenes Harvard College

Historical Staffordshire America Scenes: Harvard College »

Harvard College: Blue and White Historical Staffordshire Stevenson and Williams oak leaf and acorn border plate.


Historical StaffordshirePottery Platter Oxford Views Ridgway Blue and White 19th Century Ceramics

Landing of the Fathers at Plymouth, Dec. 22, 1620 »

America Independent Scene: Blue and White Historical Staffordshire Enoch Wood and Sons


Winter View, Pittsfield, Mass | Historical Staffordshire
Historical Staffordshire American Scene Boston State House

American Scene:Boston State House, Rogers »

Rogers: Blue and White Historical Staffordshire by Rogers of the Boston State House with pastoral foreground


Rare Civil War Era Antique American Stoneware with Manganese Floral Decoration and incised Date 1863

Rare Civil War Era Stoneware Crock with
Unusual Manganese Floral Decoration »

Dated 1863: Note the stamped or more formally done "5" gallon mark overwritten by a large 4. An inscribed "4" was also added to the back of the crock so no mistake would be made on its size. Highly unusual manganese floral decoration and rare Civil War date make this an exceptional piece of antique American stoneware. This unusual jar measures 12" Tall, 7" Wide at the top, and 6 1/2" at the bottom.


Dark Blue Historical Staffordshire Pottery La Grange Residence of the Marquis Lafayette Plate Blue and White 19th Century Ceramics

Dark Blue Historical Staffordshire Scene
La Grange Residence of the Marquis Lafayettte »

Circa 1835 | Ridgway Historic Scene Large historical Staffordshire pottery platter of Wadham College. The "Oxford Views" series by Ridgway. Marked on reverse "Opaque China Wadham College Oxford J & W Ridgway


Two Gallon Salt Glazed Blue Decorated American Stoneware Pitcher

Two Gallon Salt Glazed Blue Decorated American Stoneware Pitcher »

Circa 1870s-1880s: This striking double flower decoration on this folksy two gallon pitcher is classic Peter Hermann, Baltimore, Maryland's premier 19th century potter. This antique American stoneware pitcher has great lines, is big and bold, is in fantastic condition, and will make a superb addition to any collection of stoneware or early American antiques.


Antique Stoneware Pitcher Blue Decorated Salt Glazed

Palatine, WV Four Gallon Blue Decorated Antique American Crock »

Circa 1880s: T.D. Harden Rare Large Size Storage Jar— West Virginia stoneware collectors love Palatine's T. D. Harden late 1800s cobalt stencil decorated crocks, and this four-gallon storage jar in excellent condition with no damage is a scarcely found, thus very desirable, size. The graceful lines and beautifully colored clay on this formidable example antique American stoneware will make this a centerpiece in any setting of early American antiques, country primitives, or 19th century stoneware and Americana.


Antique Merchant Jar Blue Decorated Stoneware Berhens Wheeling West Virginia Pottery For Sale

Antique Stoneware Merchant Jar for West Virginia Grocer »

Circa 1880s: West Virginia merchant jars are highly prized in the collecting realms of antique American stoneware, and this 10" tall F. H. Behrens storage jar manufactured for one of Wheeling, West Virginia's leading grocers, surely fits the bill.


Blue Decorated Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Floral Spray and Canted Sides

Blue Decorated Two Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt
Floral Spray and Unusual Canted Sides  »

Circa 1870-1880: Here is a good, clean antique two gallon country primitive stoneware crock with floral decoration and canted sides that is probably of Pennsylvania or Ohio origin. This very reasonably priced piece of 19th century American stoneware will fit nicely in a collection because of its unusual shape.


American Antique Stoneware Cobalt Blue Decorated Southern James River Virginia Ovoid One Gallon Storage jar Moon Decoration For Sale

James River Virginia Ovoid Blue Decorated Salt Glaze
Stoneware Storage Jar »

Circa 1830-1850: This wonderfully primitive 10" James River Virginia ovoid jug sports a circle of coblat that is often referred to as moon decoration. The line on this piece are outstanding, and the cobaly decoration is both unusual and attractive. This is a very nice jar!


Redware Yellow Slip Decorated Plate with letters initials DE Antique Country Primitive

Early 19th Century Redware Plate with Yellow Slip Decoration
Script Reading "DE" with Squiggles Top and Botton  »

Circa 1820-1850: It is always exciting to find the antique redware in yellow script decoration with letters, names or other readble parts. This example of a nice early coggled edge plate boasts the initials "DE" with decorative squiggles flourising across the top and bottom.


New Geneva Tanware Pitcher for Sale Antique Pennsyvania Stoneware

Huge 11" New Geneva PA Tanware Pitcher »

Prufuse and Unusual Decoration: Here is a fabulous tanware pitcher meant for the most advanced and discerning collector. It is quite uncommon to find tanware pitchers that are taller than nine inches and have greater than a one gallon capacity. Thrown from the light colored upper river clay of the Monongahela, this one and a half gallon pitcher stands eleven inches in height and features highly unususal decoration which includes three stripes, two rows of swirls and top borders of leaf sprays.



Early Ovoid Redware Storage Jar »

Circa 1870-1880: Possibly Attributed to Galena, Illinois. This superb redware storage jar was found in northern Inidiana and shares all the attributes of pottery made in Galena, Illinois.


Salt Glaze Cobalt Decorated West Virginia Stoneware Churn Donaghho Stoneware For Sale

A.P. Donaghho 2 Gallon Salt Glaze Stoneware Snowflake Churn »

Circa 1860-1900: Without question, A.P. Donaghho is West Virginia's most well-known potter and is among the the finest American potters ever to spin clay on the wheel. Donaghho was in business for forty years, and in that time, he threw stoneware in a wide variety of forms and decorated his pieces both freehand and in stencils. Standing 12 1/2" tall and 7 1/2" wide, this two gallon snowflake churn is a real gem. Condition on this churn is outstanding, with no chips, cracks, or repairs. This is a wonderful example of West Virginia stoneware.


Redware Yellow Slip Decorated Trencher

Redware Yellow Slip Decorated Trencher »

Circa 1810-1820 | Coggled edges and yellow slip decoration and great wear on this lovely early redware trencher.18" x 12"



Hudson River Valley Historical Staffordshire

King's Rose Staffordshire Pitcher »

Excellent condition and superb hand painted decoration make this early soft past pitcher a great find.


Rare American Blue Decorated Stoneware For Sale: Beaver County Pennsylvania Cobalt Decorated 3 Gallon Cake Crock

Beaver County Pennsylvania Cobalt Decorated 3 Gallon Cake Crock »

Extremely Rare 3 Gallon Cake Crock: Beaver County, Pennsylvania stoneware cake crocks are hard to find, and this J. Weaver three gallon cake crock is the largest example we have ever seen from the region. Measuring a remarkable 12 inches wide from handle to handle and nearly 8 inches in height, this highly decorated and signed western Pennsylvania cake crock is a real gem and is worthy of even the finest collection of early American antiques.



Stick Spatter Rabbits Playing Baseball Plate »

Circa 1905: Wonderful freehand painting and cobalt blue stick spatter decoration on this hand painted rabbitware plate. Rabbit sporting scene plates are highly desirable.
Smith Paterson, Company, Boston



Early American Antique Stoneware Blue Decorated Storage Jar »

Excellent Freehand Cobalt DecorationThe striking cobalt freehand decoration on this 9 inch Pennsylvania or Maryland half gallon stoneware storage jar has great contrast and stretches completely around the jar. There are no chips or cracks and only one stone ping on this eye-pleasing antique storage jar, which will fit well in a setting of primitive antiques or early Americana.


Antique Gaudy Dutch Single Rose Plate For Sale

Gaudy Dutch Double Rose Plate »

19th Century Pottery in Excellent Condition: Very lovely, early Gaudy Dutch plate with great hand painted decoration in brilliant color.



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