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Early Cobalt Blue Decorated Stoneware Crock
For lovers of blue decorated stoneware, here's a nice straight sided stoneware jar with a cobalt blue band inside two inscised lines. The 9" tall crock is easily attributed to Branch Green who worked for the Morgan and Van Wickle Pottery of Old Bridge, NJ. The pottery works was established in 1805 in what was then know as South River Bridge. Green is known for this form as well as ovoid jugs and crocks that were often decorated with coggle-wheeled fish, birds and berries, or leaves. There was sometimes a stamp such as RUM, WINE, BRANDY or OIL. Green moved on from New Jersey and later potted in Philadelphia and then Delaware. This particular crock has all the same style of the more decorated ones mentioned, but is the only one I've ever seen without the coggle wheel design. CONDITION: Excellent condition with three tiny edge flakes on the bottom rim. No other damage and no repairs. A really clean example with good color and contrast.
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