Early Meyer Stoneware Pitcher with Leon Slip & Salt Vapor Glaze c1895

Large American stoneware pitcher with Leon slip (interior & exterior) on reddish pink clay by William Meyer from the 1888 to 1900 period. This pitcher holds 5 quarts and stands about 9 1/4 inches tall. The pitcher has a Leon slip with a light salt vapor glaze making it more lustrous than the matte pea green glazes found on Meyer pottery of the 1910 to 1930 period. Also, the kiln firing of this pitcher endured irregular air flow and so one side of the vessel has a deep olive green while the opposite side is a brownish green with patches of deep treacle brown. The green hues on this pitcher also have a chameleon effect in that under indoor light they project differently than under diffused daylight out of doors. The important characteristics that identify William Meyer as the potter who made this jug before 1900 are as follows:

* characteristic thick laid on lower handle terminal with simple wipe along left side and simultaneous short wipe along right side ending in an asymmetrical v-shape,

* nearly dry rim absent of any Leon slip with evidence of a light salt vapor glost,

* interior green Leon slip glaze,

* short, thick handle attached below the rim,

* pinkish red common clay (early clay source) with some inclusions,

* simple pinched spout (follows the early 1800s German Westerwald pitcher tradition,

* thickly potted, but also rapidly but well thrown (Meyer was reported to be able to throw 100 ten gallon jars in a single day), and

* light residual thickening of the rim on exterior.

From a review of both published sources (Georgianna Greer 1996, Georgianna Greer and Harding Black 1971, etc.) and the Internet it is evident that this style of Meyer pitcher is very scarce in sizes over one-half gallon. This example weighs 5 3/4 lbs empty and would weigh some 18 lbs when full. It is in very good condition with no major damage (see Condition notes below). It is truly a museum piece and early Meyer pottery produced before 1900 is hard to find today. And as always, this pitcher also comes with a full satisfaction guarantee (see return policy for full details; certain costs & fees are nonrefundable).

SIZE: This pitcher has a capacity of just over 5 quarts (1.25 gallons). It stands just over 9 inches tall and has a maximum diameter of 8.5 inches. It has a base with diameter of 7 inches that is slightly concave (upward) so that the pitcher sits on the outer 1/4 to 3/4 inches of its base. The rim has been shaped by pinching the spout and now measures about 6.5 inches across. The pitcher is the perfect size for displaying on a shelf, table top, next to a fireplace or simply placed out in the open or on a counter top.

CONDITION: This pitcher is in very good condition with no cracks, hairlines, star cracks, stains, major scratches, repairs or restorations. The only declarations to mention that keeps it from being perfect are three minor rim chips along the left side of the rim and some roughness along the top and sides of the rim from wear and cleaning. The base has wear (see photos) as expected since the pitcher would weight about 18 lbs (8 kilograms) when filled to capacity. The Leon slip glaze is shiny and the handle has no damage or chips. A better example would be hard to find today without paying several times as much as offered here.

SHIPPING: All mainland US buyers pay just $17.70 for double boxed, insured USPS Parcel Post (this is an estimated savings of about $2 to $5 since insurance is also INCLUDED in the above quoted amount for all mainland US addresses). A faster shipping method is also offered under the shipping option menu (see all shipping options for costs). Docs Antiques never charges more than it actually costs to ship the item to you and we will refund any excess should you live near us. All international buyers will pay only the exact shipping costs for all verifiable locations outside the continental US mainland. Please note that import duties, taxes and other charges are not included in the item price or shipping costs and these additional charges are the Buyer's responsibility. We do offer a petition for VAT relief on the behalf of the buyer which may help reduce certain import taxes should your country allow such petitions for items over 100 years old. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to purchasing this item -- thanks.

RETURN POLICY: Satisfaction and peace of mind are guaranteed for all Docs Antiques listings -- please refer directly to our Service Pledge and our Return Policy for full details. And this means that if you are unhappy with your purchase, you may return this MEYER STONEWARE PITCHER c1895 undamaged by sending it back post marked within seven days of receipt for a refund (see terms of sale for full details). Items damaged during shipping are covered by insurance and while this rarely happens because we double box, we will gladly help you file your claim should it ever be necessary (to date, we have had only two claims for damage from shipping in over 7 years). Of course, never send an item back that was damaged by shipping since that will void the original insurance. Instead, contact us for help and we will gladly assist.

PAYMENT OPTIONS: Ask about our Lay-away program if you want to spread out your payments. We accept checks on US Banks (no temporary checks, all checks must have 9 digit routing code; item ships after check fully clears), USPS money orders, PayPal or contact us with your verified address for more options. If you wish to use a credit card by way of Paypal, that option becomes available after you submit a Ruby Lane purchase order (see Terms of Sale for additional information). Once submitted, a PayPal icon will appear at the bottom of this listing and then you may proceed from there if you wish to pay via Paypal. Thanks for looking and do come back and visit again when you have the time.

Item ID: RL362.a964


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Early Meyer Stoneware Pitcher with Leon Slip & Salt Vapor Glaze c1895

Early Meyer Stoneware Pitcher with Leon Slip & Salt Vapor Glaze c1895
Early Meyer Stoneware Pitcher with Leon Slip & Salt Vapor Glaze c1895
Early Meyer Stoneware Pitcher with Leon Slip & Salt Vapor Glaze c1895
Early Meyer Stoneware Pitcher with Leon Slip & Salt Vapor Glaze c1895
Early Meyer Stoneware Pitcher with Leon Slip & Salt Vapor Glaze c1895
Early Meyer Stoneware Pitcher with Leon Slip & Salt Vapor Glaze c1895
Early Meyer Stoneware Pitcher with Leon Slip & Salt Vapor Glaze c1895
Early Meyer Stoneware Pitcher with Leon Slip & Salt Vapor Glaze c1895
Early Meyer Stoneware Pitcher with Leon Slip & Salt Vapor Glaze c1895

Large American stoneware pitcher with Leon slip (interior & exterior) on reddish pink clay by William Meyer from the 1888 to 1900 period. This pitcher holds 5 quarts and stands about 9 1/4 inches tall. The pitcher has a Leon slip with a light salt vapor glaze making it more lustrous than the matte pea green glazes found on Meyer pottery of the 1910 to 1930 period. Also, the kiln firing of this pitcher endured irregular air flow and so one side of the vessel has a deep olive green while the opposite side is a brownish green with patches of deep treacle brown. The green hues on this pitcher also have a chameleon effect in that under indoor light they project differently than under diffused daylight out of doors. The important characteristics that identify William Meyer as the potter who made this jug before 1900 are as follows:

* characteristic thick laid on lower handle terminal with simple wipe along left side and simultaneous short wipe along right side ending in an asymmetrical v-shape,

* nearly dry rim absent of any Leon slip with evidence of a light salt vapor glost,

* interior green Leon slip glaze,

* short, thick handle attached below the rim,

* pinkish red common clay (early clay source) with some inclusions,

* simple pinched spout (follows the early 1800s German Westerwald pitcher tradition,

* thickly potted, but also rapidly but well thrown (Meyer was reported to be able to throw 100 ten gallon jars in a single day), and

* light residual thickening of the rim on exterior.

From a review of both published sources (Georgianna Greer 1996, Georgianna Greer and Harding Black 1971, etc.) and the Internet it is evident that this style of Meyer pitcher is very scarce in sizes over one-half gallon. This example weighs 5 3/4 lbs empty and would weigh some 18 lbs when full. It is in very good condition with no major damage (see Condition notes below). It is truly a museum piece and early Meyer pottery produced before 1900 is hard to find today. And as always, this pitcher also comes with a full satisfaction guarantee (see return policy for full details; certain costs & fees are nonrefundable).

SIZE: This pitcher has a capacity of just over 5 quarts (1.25 gallons). It stands just over 9 inches tall and has a maximum diameter of 8.5 inches. It has a base with diameter of 7 inches that is slightly concave (upward) so that the pitcher sits on the outer 1/4 to 3/4 inches of its base. The rim has been shaped by pinching the spout and now measures about 6.5 inches across. The pitcher is the perfect size for displaying on a shelf, table top, next to a fireplace or simply placed out in the open or on a counter top.

CONDITION: This pitcher is in very good condition with no cracks, hairlines, star cracks, stains, major scratches, repairs or restorations. The only declarations to mention that keeps it from being perfect are three minor rim chips along the left side of the rim and some roughness along the top and sides of the rim from wear and cleaning. The base has wear (see photos) as expected since the pitcher would weight about 18 lbs (8 kilograms) when filled to capacity. The Leon slip glaze is shiny and the handle has no damage or chips. A better example would be hard to find today without paying several times as much as offered here.

SHIPPING: All mainland US buyers pay just $17.70 for double boxed, insured USPS Parcel Post (this is an estimated savings of about $2 to $5 since insurance is also INCLUDED in the above quoted amount for all mainland US addresses). A faster shipping method is also offered under the shipping option menu (see all shipping options for costs). Docs Antiques never charges more than it actually costs to ship the item to you and we will refund any excess should you live near us. All international buyers will pay only the exact shipping costs for all verifiable locations outside the continental US mainland. Please note that import duties, taxes and other charges are not included in the item price or shipping costs and these additional charges are the Buyer's responsibility. We do offer a petition for VAT relief on the behalf of the buyer which may help reduce certain import taxes should your country allow such petitions for items over 100 years old. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to purchasing this item -- thanks.

RETURN POLICY: Satisfaction and peace of mind are guaranteed for all Docs Antiques listings -- please refer directly to our Service Pledge and our Return Policy for full details. And this means that if you are unhappy with your purchase, you may return this MEYER STONEWARE PITCHER c1895 undamaged by sending it back post marked within seven days of receipt for a refund (see terms of sale for full details). Items damaged during shipping are covered by insurance and while this rarely happens because we double box, we will gladly help you file your claim should it ever be necessary (to date, we have had only two claims for damage from shipping in over 7 years). Of course, never send an item back that was damaged by shipping since that will void the original insurance. Instead, contact us for help and we will gladly assist.

PAYMENT OPTIONS: Ask about our Lay-away program if you want to spread out your payments. We accept checks on US Banks (no temporary checks, all checks must have 9 digit routing code; item ships after check fully clears), USPS money orders, PayPal or contact us with your verified address for more options. If you wish to use a credit card by way of Paypal, that option becomes available after you submit a Ruby Lane purchase order (see Terms of Sale for additional information). Once submitted, a PayPal icon will appear at the bottom of this listing and then you may proceed from there if you wish to pay via Paypal. Thanks for looking and do come back and visit again when you have the time.

Item ID: RL362.a964


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