This is a beautiful stoneware crock by Norton Pottery. A classic piece of Americana, old stoneware pieces like this are becoming increasingly collectible and difficult to find. This is a truly lovely example.
This is a one gallon crock in fabulous condition. We think these make wonderful decor items, especially in this size.
Stoneware was the predominant houseware in most American homes during the 19th century.
The pottery is made of clay and fired at incredibly high temperatures (up to 1315° Fahrenheit).
This process essentially turns the clay into stone, hence the name.
Measuring 7-1/4 inches tall, this crock is a nice size and features wonderful hand-crafted and hand-painted accents that give it marvelous character.
Each side features a hand-crafted handle.
A subtle incised design of parallel lines near the rim gives the crock interesting and unique texture, while the dark interior gives it a uniquely "Norton" appeal.
The face of the crock exhibits the Norton trademark leaf in a dazzling shade of cobalt blue.
Above this you will find the company name and location stamped into the ceramic. It reads "E & L P Norton, Bennington, VT".
The company was first established by Captain John Norton over 200 years ago.
Over many years, the company would go through several name changes, settling on "E & L P Norton" in 1861.
This mark would only last 20 years as the name was again changed in 1881. We can say conclusively that this piece dates from some time during that time.
The large rim shows some natural discoloration, as does the underside of the base.
There are no cracks, chips, or fractures to this crock.
This beauty is an absolute treasure for collectors and decorators alike. It is such a picture-perfect representation of classic American stoneware; we know you'll love it as much as we do.
Measurements: 7 ¼" tall, Rim is 8 ½" in diameter, Base is 8" in diameter Weight: 5 lbs.