Antique white ironstone footed pitcher or gravy boat with simple details in relief and hand applied gold luster accents. This is an early example of American white ironstone with luster. Although the luster may look copper or brown in some photos due to how the camera captures light, it is actually a bright burnished gold color. There is a fine gold band encircling the rim, a broad gold band at the shoulder, and short bands along the bottom edge of each foot. The handle has six dashes in gold making the applied gilt work both simple and tasteful. Molded details are also simple and consisting of horizontal ridges or cordons (one at the beginning of the shoulder below the rim and a second one just above the base, see all photos). At each corner of the pitcher, there are two vertical furrows that run from the lower basal cordon to the upper shoulder cordon (see close up photo of one corner). The handle also has simple molded accent lines.
The underglaze black printed mark on the base of this pitcher is a version of the British Royal Arms used by an American ironstone manufacturer. The mark has two lions standing (rampant) and flanking a crowned shield with WARRANTED above and IRON STONE CHINA below. This style mimics the British Royal Arms mark and is meant to deceive the consumer by capitalizing on the much higher quality of English ironstone china of the period that was well known and trusted by Americans in the mid to late 1800s. As a result, this gravy boat provides a glimpse back in time when American potteries counterfeited and copied British Staffordshire mark styles to dupe US consumers and grab a larger slice of British ironstone sales in the US by means of deception.
A close look at the mark on the pitcher shows that the quartered shield between the two Lions has been altered to contain a fancy V & B in its center to identify Vodrey & Brother, an American pottery operating in East Liverpool, Ohio from 1857 to 1896. Further historical information tells us that this Ohio pottery first made yellowware and Rockingham wares until 1876 when it added Ironstone wares to its products. In 1896, the pottery name was changed to Vodrey Pottery Company and it continued under this name until it closed in 1928 (Gates and Omerod 1982: pages 300 to 305; DeBolt 1988: pages 75-75). So if you are looking for a nice antique American ironstone gravy jug or pitcher that is at least 120 years old, then make sure you seriously consider purchasing this one while it is still available. And as always, this ironstone pitcher also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund.
SIZE: This pitcher stands about 3 inches tall along its side with the handle and pouring lip rising another 1/2 to 1/4 inches respectively. The pitcher is 3 inches wide at the rim and expands to a maximum 3 5/8 inches wide at its shoulder (its widest part). It weighs about 3/4 lbs all by itself. This pitcher is a nice size for using today ot for displaying on a shelf, counter, table top or in a china cabinet and its burnished gold luster bands will capture attention in most any setting.
CONDITION: This pitcher is in very good condition with just one small reattached chip along one of its front feet that I had not notice until doing this listing. I have added a photo close-up (see last photo) to show that it is not readily apparent and is small and thin (about 1/16 inches tick by 3/8 inches wide). A orange pencil points to the thin chip (see last photo). Beyond this, the rest of the pitcher is perfect with no defects and no other damage or hairlines and NO stains or restorations. The glaze is partly crazed and this crazing is not noticeable until viewed up close under strong light. Originally, I was going to list this antique American gold luster white ironstone gravy pitcher for $85 but have reduced it due to the one hard to see reattached chip. And if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then they may return this pitcher for a full refund except return postage due to the one issue note above (see our refund policy noted below).
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