This is a beautiful and rarer specimen of the famous James Hamilton & Co Greensboro PA company that made their signature stoneware crockery. Little of their work survives. Fortunately for the past 50 years this 3 gallon crock was part of a personal collection of a pioneering antique dealer in southeast PA who was strict in her selections and was highly reputable.
The 3 gallon size of Jas A Hamilton & Co is rarer than the 5 or 2 gallon size. It is in good condition for an antique of this age- 124 to 155 years old. There is a hairline crack that is about 5 inches long that is visible on the left side (the last picture captures this the best).
The hairline crack continues to the top mouth rim- but is not deep on the top of the mouth. Then on the opposite side there is a small chip. The crock is not evenly round in all areas- there is some waviness, also there is some variation in height visible in the mouth area. The top has a bit of a slant but the bottom sits flat on the surface.It sits very sturdily on whatever piece of furniture I put it on without rocking. The salt glaze patina and blue graphics are largely intact with that signature Hamilton humble flair. Only a few spots were worn off. The handles are intact and strong. Most of the mouth rim is intact except for the hairline crack and small chip. A few other very small divots can be found. Extra care will be taken to insulate against dropping and breakage. The item "Jas Hamilton & Co Greensboro PA Antique Salt Glazed Crock 1866-1897 3 GallonSize" is in sale since Monday, November 8, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Primitives". The seller is "mulligab" and is located in Denver, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States.