A wonderful Bennington or Rockingham cuspidor, circa 1840, with dark brown tobacco glaze over yellow-ware base. The unique square-shaped man's cuspidor measures 6 1/2" across and 4" in height with pour spout at one corner. The top consists of panels that slope inward to the intake opening. The four sides converge with angled ends which show embossed designs. The four sides are fantastic with two alternating embossed designs of the American Eagle, one with outstretched wings and the other with wings back, tail down and head extended as though ready for flight. The details are super to say the least. The base gently flows outward from the body. The overall condition is excellent with no cracks, major chips or repairs. The largest chip is on the base edge, mostly on the underside (see photo) and there are three or four minor glaze flakes around the upper outer edge (see photo for largest one) with others impossible to photograph. All happens years ago and are darkened to nearly obscure detection without close examination. A scarce and desirable form and subject.
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