1880s Folk Art Incised Face and Swan Stoneware Jug


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Unique hand incised folk art saltglazed stoneware jug. Impressed swan logo from the Gardiner Stoneware Manufactory of Gardiner, Maine (1876-1890). After the jug was made, someone (presumably, F.W. Hook) scratched through the glaze with his profile portrait and name, likey to identify it as his personal liquor jug. Also, an “R” is added under the swan. Weighs nearly 7lbs. Wonderful primitive country example of American folk art.

A few thoughts on stoneware: Stoneware was originally designed as utilitarian objects. Typically, these pieces were put into service for many years. As such, stoneware will generally show signs of heavy wear and usage. Some chips and cracks are usually in evidence, and serve as reminders that stoneware was first and foremost meant to be functional. These factors should be taken into account when evaluating a piece.


Date: 1880s

Size: 11 1/2″ tall. 7 1/4″ diameter.

Condition: Few old lip flakes.

Price: $275

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