Description : An exceptional and rare 19thC cobalt-decorated Stoneware Molasses Jug, 3-Gallon capacity, New England origin, c. A wheel-thrown, highly successful Ovoid with tooled spout and applied strap handle.
Impressed with a very crisp, cobalt-washed stamp on the upper shoulder: NORTON & FENTON / East Bennington, Vt , with a 3 capacity designation below. This is the mark of Julius Norton and his brother-in-law, Christopher Fenton. Decorated on the body with three artistically-brushed blossoms on a Floral Spray in bold Cobalt. Light Gray/Buff Salt-Glazed exterior; Albany Slip interior.
Honestly, this VT Jug looks as if it just came from the manufactory; and the interior still retains the sweet, unmistakable scent of molasses! If condition is of utmost importance, please consider this East Bennington example for your collection of 19thC Stoneware or Americana. Rim & Handle : Excellent, undamaged condition. Body : Some typical factory flaws scars/contact marks, pings, small clay inclusions.
Faint (molasses) stains noted near the decoration. Makers Stamp & Design : Super clean and bold; zero fry.Fun Fact #1: The number of flowers on these Jugs typically also indicated the capacity as well (3 Flowers = 3 Gallons). Inherent glaze, surface and firing imperfections, not previously mentioned, noted for complete descriptive accuracy. Displays brilliantly with attractive form and strong color. See photos for complete details and close-ups. Please consider them as part of the description.
Impressively sized; measures 15H x 11W overall with a base diameter of 6. Fun Fact #2 : Filled with 3 gallons of molasses, this ovoid wouldve weighed approximately 45lbs. Good Luck, thanks for watching, and be sure to bookmark my Auctions, listed and ending daily. The item "Antique Stoneware A+ Ovoid Jug with Cobalt, Norton & Fenton, East Bennington, VT" is in sale since Tuesday, June 16, 2020. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Pottery & China\China & Dinnerware\Stoneware".
The seller is "mgs1971" and is located in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States.