White's Pottery of Utica, New York. This small advertising crock was made for the Heinz Pickling Company of Pittsburgh. Made by White's Pottery of Utica, New York c. 1890. This is a rare piece of White's molded stoneware. The crock is small, pickle size, of course. Measures 6.5 inches diameter, and 5.5 inches high. This piece is illustrated in the book "The Blue and the Gray: Oneida County Stoneware", printed 1987 for an exhibit at Museum of Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica. It is #36 in the book, but this one has a different molded border. The front features the Heinz logo : H.J. Heinz Co. Pittsburg, U.S.A. Pickling & Preserving, Keystone Works". Note the spelling of Pittsburgh, without the h. This has the fancy heart and bellflower border that I have seen on other White's products. Gray heavy crockery stoneware, with brown "Albany slip" interior, made for ease of use and cleaning. This piece is in good condition for a 130 year old piece. Only one issue and it is tiny and minor. See last two photos. There is very small, very tight hairline on the lip. Barely visible if you are not looking for it. Extends only 1/2 inch on the outside, only on the lip. On the inside you can see it for 2 inches, but it is in the brown glaze. It does not come through to the outside of the crock. No other issues. The normal manufacturing flaws of 19th century stoneware, like pits and brown spots from firing, and splashes of cobalt blue. That is pretty typical of stoneware from this period. These are not damages at all. Just the character of hand made utilitarian stoneware. At some point someone used this for white paintbrushes, so you'll have to scrape some white off the top. Or just leave it, it does not detract. This company was known for their imaginative molded cobalt decorated stoneware. Some of their work is modeled after German steins, but this piece is uniquely American. A rare piece of Americana advertising.
If you collect White's of Utica and you do not have the above mentioned book, you should try to find it used. It is a valuable resource for identifying their products.
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White's Pottery Utica Stoneware Heinz Advertising Crock