This antique Wedgwood & Co. white ironstone pitcher is absolutely gorgeous, with an ornate Victorian highly embossed design. Rim, handle and base feature scallops, curves and embossing, with an ornate thumb rust atop the handle. Main body has puffy pillow shaped oval panels, with melon ribs at the top and ornate scrolls and flourishes above that. Spout and collar is further embellished with a series of embossed ribs on the exterior.
Pitcher has the normal manufacturing marks, including a few tiny dark spots, tiny glaze pops to the outer glazing, and a firing or cooling stress line, about 3/4 inch on the inside of the handle, which in no way affects the strength or integrity of the handle. It is mentioned only for accuracy in describing the overall appearance. The only damage is a tiny pencil-point round shallow chip on the top of the rim on one side. The larger dark spot is just discoloration. Inside bright and clean, with no staining.
Pitcher measures 7 inches high and 6 inches wide, including handle. It dates late 1800s and has the Wedgwood unicorn backstamp: Semi-Porcelain, unicorn image, Wedgwood & Co. England. It also has a raised rectangular plaque with the Rd. No. It is very difficult to read, but the first two numbers I am certain are 22. The next four I am unable to read.
A lovely size and shape to enhance any ironstone collection.