We were surprised to acquire this English Tunstall stoneware pitcher in an exclusive area of North Georgia, but we'd normally find something this old in Savannah, Charleston or New England. This is an early, sprigged decorated (applied from plaster molds) neoclassical piece, probably a milk jug as it is good sized and has a well glazed interior. Made by William Adams in Tunstall, we date this piece to as early as 1806 because he acquired similar molds from another potter during a bankruptcy sale. It is fashioned from cream stoneware, has a straight dip glazed neck and an interior clear, lead glaze. It is in immaculate shape, with no damage, age cracks or staining, other than tiny firing cracks that occur in the sprigged decoration and the body interior during manufacturing. It measures 6 1/2 inches tall and the body is 7 inches in diameter at the widest point, a good sized pitcher. Absolutely amazing piece in pristine condition for being over 200 years old! If you'd like to read more about such pieces, a similar, smaller Adams jug is in the The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, object number C.863-1984.
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