Antique tiles measuring 6 by 6 inches and covered with a dark olive brown treacle glaze that accents a spray of thistle branches in strong relief (see all 11 Photos). The price given here is for one tile and currently there are two available. The tiles are labeled A and B with Photos 4 thru 7 displaying Tile A and Photos 8 thru 11 displaying Tile B. The condition of each tiles is excellent as the Photo help illustrate (see full Condition notes farther below). The motif on these tiles suggests the Arts & Crafts movement while the thistle is also the national flower of Scotland and was a popular symbol molded on pottery and engraved glassware during the 1800s, especially when commemorating the unification of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
The mark on the back of each tile is ‘A.E.T.Co. LIMITED’ with the ‘o’ of ‘Co’ underlined as shown here. This mark is for the American Encaustic Tiling Company and dates from the 1880s and 1890s, hence the c1890 mid-date. The tile factory was located in Zanesville, Ohio, began production in 1875, added the title ‘Limited’ in 1879, produced wares for 56 more years before shutting down in 1935 as another casualty of the Great Depression. This exact version of their factory mark, however, with the Co. underlined has not been located in reference books reviewed so far, but a closely similar version was assigned a date of ca 1893 (e.g., Lois Lerner 1988:21-22, DeBolt 1988 no entry, Kovel and Kovel 1986: 157j, ca1893).
These tiles project a simple charm and visual appeal through their molded decoration and rich glaze. The glaze itself is purposefully designed to enhance the relief details by becoming thinner along higher points and puddling into dark pools in depressions and low areas (e.g., see Photos 1, 5, 9). This makes the floral elements stand out as if a source of bright light was being reflected back from specific edges and angular surfaces (see all Photos). The result is a visually appealing floral tile with some very delicate vestiges captured among the larger leaves. So if you are looking for one or two antique tiles that are more than 120 years old, then make sure you seriously consider these while they are still available. And as always, these tiles also come with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return them using my return policy (see complete Return Policy details farther below). You also have the option to ask for a customized lay-away plan for purchasing this item and others when combining orders in my shop by simply requesting the terms you wish to use and then let Doc set it up.
SIZE & CONDITION: Each antique tile measures 6 inches by 6 inches and is about 1/2 inches thick (17/32 inches thick when molded relief areas included). They rest on green felt tabs and weigh a little over 1 1/4 lbs each (Photo 3). Both tiles are in very good condition with no cracks, hairlines, major chips, deep scratches, major stains or other damage and no post production restoration or repairs (see all Photos). And if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this item for a refund so long as it is sent back in exactly the same condition as originally listed here and has sustained no damage (see our complete return policy for all details as stated below).
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Item ID: RL990.agh
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c1890 Thistle Branches in relief on 6 inch tile by American Encaustic Tiling Company AETCo (2 available)
$71 $110 SALE ea.Quantity available: 2