This is a beautiful stoneware crock 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.
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 warm, rich dimension.
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 natural color variation, as does the underside of the base. There are a few other age-spots around the exterior, but nothing too serious. Otherwise, the crock remains in outstanding antique condition.
There are no cracks, chips or fractures on 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 us 8 ½" in diameter, Base is 8" in diameter Weight: 5 lbs.