Delight in the distinctive style of these hand-painted roses on a Skyline Shape pitcher from Cash Family Pottery, Tennessee. Great for use as a vase, too, this jug was made by the Cash Family Pottery during the mid 1960's. It features a spray of two large, hand painted, dusty pink roses with smaller buds on a background of green leaves and thorny brown stems. There is a matching green elongated leaf on the handle.
The Cash Family Pottery was established in Erwin, Tennessee, in the same town as the better known Southern Potteries. The history is both confusing and intertwined. Southern Potteries first opened under the name "Clinchfield Pottery" around 1917, becoming Southern Potteries in 1920. Ray Cash began working for them sometime between 1920 and when he left to serve in World War II. When he returned in 1945, he and his wife, Pauline, opened "Clinchfield Artware Pottery." The name was changed to Cash Family Pottery in the 1950's, and their factory closed in the 1980's. The Cash Family Pottery bought several of the molds from Southern Potteries, makers of Blue Ridge, when Southern Potteries closed in 1957. Therefore, many of the Cash Family Pottery pieces are similar to Southern Potteries, though there are differences because all pieces are hand painted.
Based on the mark and the two letter Tennessee abbreviation, this pottery pitcher, made in the Skyline shape, dates to the 1960's. The backstamp, in black script, reads "Cash Family, Hand Painted, Erwin, TN."
This pitcher measures 8-1/2 inches tall to the top of the soaring spout and 5 inches in diameter at its widest point. There are several glaze pops, and a smooth, tiny 1 mm old edge chip on the rim near the top of the handle.