AUCTION 46 – FALL 2018

Stoneware

SW001 White - Windsor

Minimum Bid: $1500

Range:$2500-3000

Sold: $5300

In the spring of 2015, we sold an extremely rare butter crock with a bird and flower design made and marked by the Brantford Stoneware Manufacturing Co. This was and remains one of only three crocks that I have seen with this mark and design. When I saw this gorgeous 2 gal jug from J. White & Co, Windsor Ontario - I was blown away! This is the first example of this design I have ever seen on a merchant marked piece of stoneware. An incredible rarity for sure! The condition of this jug is dead mint. Absolutely flawless. A top-shelf piece in any Canadian pottery collection.

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SW002 Woodyatt - Brantford

Minimum Bid: $1500

Range:$2500-3000

Sold: $1500

James Woodyatt took over the Brantford Pottery from Justus Morton in 1857, but he was not involved for long. In February 1859, the business was resumed by Morton. Crocks marked Woodyatt & Co are rare because the business was short-lived. Most Woodyatt crocks have the same floral design, one that was continued by subsequent owners of the pottery. This 3 gal jug has a floral design unlike any I have seen from Woodyatt. Within the design are two sets of initials. The first set is clearly "J.W". I don't think it is a stretch to suggest these are likely Woodyatt's own initials. The second set is harder to decipher. I think the second letter is a "J". Note the "+" sign between the two sets. This crock may have been a gift from Woodyatt to a sweatheart, but that is pure conjecture. There is stress cracking around the base of the piece that appears to be in-manufacturing. The saltglaze on the front is baked into the crizzled surface below the decoration. This crazing continues around the piece. At the rear, there is a long hairline up the back. Perfect handle and lip. Overall excellent condition. A significant piece and one for the collector who wants something truly unique.

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SW003 Moses Farrar - St. Johns

Minimum Bid: $1500

Range:$2500-3000

Sold: Not

Moses Farrar opened the first stoneware pottery in Canada in 1839 at St. Johns in Lower Canada. Moses was in partnership with Warren Soule from the earliest days of the pottery and their mark through the 1840s and early 50s was Farrar & Soule St.Johns. For reasons unknown, Moses reverted to using his name alone for a couple of years, roughly 1852-1854, before entering a new partnership wih Ebenezer L Farrar. Crocks with the mark Moses Farrar, St Johns CE (Canada East) are extremely rare. This lovely little 1 gal jug is a great example. The unusual design is one of only two types found with this mark, the other being a flower. 11" tall. Condition is near mint with one potstone. This is the first Moses Farrar St Johns CE crock we have sold.

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SW004 Ballard - St. Johns

Minimum Bid: $500

Range:$800-1000

Current Bid: DNMR

Orrin Ballard first made stoneware in St. Johns Canada East. He operated there under his own name from 1857-58. Then he moved to Cornwall Canada West and established a pottery there. Crocks marked Orrin L. Ballard, St Johns CE are rare. This one is exceptional. It is the only full tree design I have seen from any St. Johns potter. The decoration is massive on a 5 gal jug. This crock is cracked up the back and at one time it was reinforced with a metal band. The band abbrated the glaze and left rust, mostly at the rear. This crock displays well. An early piece with a rare mark and a unique design.

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SW005 Brantford Stoneware Co Mini

Minimum Bid: $1000

Range:$1500-2000

Sold: $3200

The Brantford Stoneware Company operated from 1894 until 1905. By this time, the company was likely the largest Canadian producer of stoneware and travellers sold its products to merchants right across the country. To help the salesmen peddle their wares, the company made miniature versions of the crocks that could be ordered. This tiny butter crock is one such example. Just 2 3/8 tall and the same in diameter across the rim. Stamped: B.S. MFG. CO. Ltd, BRANTFORD, CANADA. For obvious reasons, these salesman's samples are exceedingly rare. This one is mint. An old sticker on the bottom states the crock came from a "century home Dundas, Ont."

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SW006 Brantford Stoneware Co Mini

Minimum Bid: $1000

Range:$1500-2000

Sold: $2000

This miniature jug from the Brantford Stoneware Manufacturing Company commemorates Labour Day in 1899. I can only guess it was made as a giveaway for the workers at the factory. 2" tall and 1 7/8" in diameter across the base. Pristine mint condition. Another extremely rare miniature.

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SW007 Brantford Beaver Teapot

Minimum Bid: $500

Range:$800-1000

Sold: $500

This beaver teaport was likely made by the Brantford Pottery, given the style and finishes. Donald Webster attributes it to Brantford in his book Early Canadian Pottery (pg 191). While all Brantford beaver teapots are scarce, in my experience this style is rarer than the other type and may be earlier. These teapots are finely made and notorious for poor condition. It is a small miracle any survived. This one is excellent with no cracks and only a few minor flakes to the pour spout edge and inside rim. The lid is not original and has a couple of chips. This is a Brantford lid, just not the style that originally came with the teapot. A patient collector is likely to be able to find a matching lid with beaver finial. 6" tall, not including the lid. This is the best example of this rare teapot that I have handled.

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SW008 Brantford Welding Teapot

Minimum Bid: $400

Range:$700-800

Sold: $450

This teapot is unquestionably a Brantford product and a bizarre one at that. William Welding was associated with the pottery from its earliest days, but he became the principle owner in 1873 and would run the operation for over 20 years. For reasons known only to Welding, at some point he thought it would be a good idea to make teapots emblazoned with his own image. One can only imagine these were not a big seller. The fact these teapots are quite scarce is a testament to that fact. I have seen only a handful and most are heavily damaged. This example is near mint. A medium size teapot. 8 1/2" to the top of the finial. If you are unhappy with your wife, I suggest this would be a lovely birthday gift. All kidding aside, this is a rare teapot seldom found in this good a condition.

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SW009 Fearman - Hamilton

Minimum Bid: $500

Range:$800-1000

Sold: $750

An impresive 6 gal crock with an unusual mark: "EXTRA FAMILY BUTTER, PUT UP FOR, F.W. FEARMAN, HAMILTON CW." Frederick William Fearman was a successful businessman and politician. He established in 1856 as a general merchant but soon after became heavily involved in the slaughter house business. This crock is likely from his earlier days. The unusually large and cone shaped butter crock was made by the Brantford Potteries,. Surprisingly good condition for such a big crock. 10" crack down the right side rear. Otherwise clean and solid.

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SW010 Warner & Co - Toronto

Minimum Bid: $400

Range:$600-800

Sold: $400

William Warner established the first stoneware pottery in Toronto Canada West in 1856 and operated until 1863. He is one of my favourite potters for his striking dark blue designs. There is something cartoonish and certainly folky in his style of decoration. This 2 gal cream crock sports a highly unusual tornado decoration. Warner was an American who potted both in Canada and the United States. In the US, tornado designs are fairly common. This is the only one I have seen from Warner's time in Canada. The crock is quite stout and the broad design really compliments the form. There is very fine hairline cracking to this piece both front and back. The crock is solid. Perfect rim and handles. No stain. Heavy orange peel textured saltglaze. You will never find another.

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SW011 Warner & Co - Toronto

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$500-600

Sold: $300

This 2 gal jug is a great example of Warner's single flower. His heavy but controlled use of the blue glaze is impressive. Excellent condition. Very thin 5" hairline at the rear. Hairline through the handle at the base. Heavy potstone right side. Thin flake off the top of the handle. The crock looks fantastic. The damage is quite minor, so don't let the detailed description put you off.

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SW012 Warner & Co - Toronto

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$500-600

Sold: $425

The perfect little brother to the previous lot. A sweet 1 gal jug from Warner & Co Toronto with a great comic flower. 11" tall. One tiny base edge chip, otherwise perfect condition.

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SW013 Eberhardt & Halm - Toronto

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$500-600

Sold: $600

Nicholas Eberhardt and Joseph Halm were in partnership for just two years, 1863-1865. Crocks with this mark are scarce. I am amazed at the variety of designs that can be found from this short-lived venture. The floral design on this 2 gal jug is the only one of its type I have seen. Dead mint.

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SW014 Bowles - Collingwood

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$500-600

Sold: $650

A lovely little 1 gal jug from F.T. Bowles Collingwood. 10 5/8" tall. Note the stamp says: "CHECKERED STORE". How cool is that!?! This is undoubtably an early jug. The flower is typical of those produced by the Brantford Pottery in the 1860s. I imagine this makes the jug one of the earliest artifacts from Collingwood. Mint condition.

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SW015 Woodyatt - Brantford

Minimum Bid: $400

Range:$600-800

Sold: $700

A gorgeous little 1 gal jug from J. Woodyatt Brantford CW. An attractive single flower that is quite different than the typical Woodyatt decoration. 11 1/2" tall. Mint condition.

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SW016 Thompson - Paris

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$500-600

Sold: $1300

A sweet 1 gal jug from John Thompson, Paris Canada West. 11 1/4" tall. Almost certainly a Brantford Pottery-made piece. The diminuitive flower looks to me like Morton. Near mint with some stain. A rare early Paris crock.

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SW017 Youele - Port Burwell

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$500-600

Sold: $650

A killer 1/4 gal jug from W&G Youele Port Burwell Canada West. 8 1/4" tall. An early crock, circa. 1850s. Heavy glaze crazing, particularly at the font left, but no real damage. The first Port Burwell CW crock I have seen.

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SW018 Gray & Betts - Tilsonburg

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$500-600

Sold: $375

A gorgeous 2 gal cream crock from Gray & Betts, Tilsonburg Ontario. I have always loved this dramatic floral decoration. It looks amazing on this tall narrow crock. This style of TIlsonburg crock is quite scarce and very tough to find in good condition. This one is near mint. A stellar piece!

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SW019 Tillson - Tilsonburg

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$500-600

Sold: Not

A 2 gal butter crock from F.B. Tillson of Tilsonburg, Ontario. The abstract decoration is unusual and not one commonly seen from this pottery. Excellent condition. 1/2" chip off the left handle. Couple of minor glaze pops. On the inside bottom, there is a fair bit of glaze loss from heavy use. The body of this crock is quite dark, but this is the way it was made. A scarce mark and design from the Tilsonburg Pottery.

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SW020 Skinner - Picton

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$500-600

Sold: Not

A 3 gal butter crock from Samuel Skinner, Picton CW. The abstract floral design was one of the first made by William Hart at Picton. Clearly the decorator stuck around after Skinner took over in 1855. I am not normally a fan of this design, but it is striking on this crock. Near mint with an extremely tight 3" hairline at front near the stamp. Extraordinarily clean with no stain.

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SW021 Huffman - Napanee

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$500-600

Sold: $500

A fat-bodied 1 gal molasses jug incised in five lines: "J.G. HUFFMAN, WHOLESALE & RETAIL, CHEMISTS & DRUGGISTS, FRONT STREET, NAPANEE." While not marked, this is certainly a Canada West era piece, made by the Picton Potteries. Beautiful chocolate coloured glaze with a slightly metallic finish. I have always appreciated the form and exaggerated mouth on these Picton molasses jugs. Excellent condition with a nearly invisible 3" hairline at the rear that runs into the base of the handle. This is mentioned for complete accuracy, but it is very minor damage.

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SW022 Miller - Napanee

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $400

A 1 gal crock marked: "W. MILLER, DEALER IN, WINES & LIQUORS, NAPANEE, CW." 8 7/8" tall. Mint condition.

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SW023 Arnison - Pictou

Minimum Bid: $250

Range:$400-500

Sold: $325

A sweet little 1 gal jug marked J.S. Arnison Pictou Nova Scotia. 10" tall. Couple of heavy in-manufacturing flaws on the shoulder. Spot of rust left front. A beautiful little crock in excellent condition.

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SW024 Ballard - St. Johns

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: Not

A sweet 1 gal jug from Orrin L Ballard, St Johns Canada East. 11 1/8" tall. A rare early mark. Great floral design on a small size crock. Some heavy hairline cracking at the front, to the left bottom side of the decoration. Otherwise excellent. An attractive little jug and a scarce early St Johns mark.

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SW025 St. Johns Stoneware

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $400

A 1 gal jug from the St Johns Stoneware company. 11 1/2" tall. A mark generally thought to have been used in the mid-1850s for a short time. Striking abstract decoration in heavy blue. Near mint with a couple of old shallow flakes off the top of the mouth.

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SW026 E.L. & M Farrar - St. Johns

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $200

A sweet little 1/2 gal crock from E.L. & M. Farrar St Johns Canada East. The partnership between Ebenezer L Farrar and Moses Farrar was short-lived, lasting just two years 1854-55. Crocks bearing this mark are scarce. This one is near mint with only minor imperfections. Great metallic sheen to the dark brown glaze.

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SW027 Morton - Brantford

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $450

An early ovoid 1 gal crock from Morton & Co, Brantford CW. Killer form and small size. Just 8 3/8" tall. Whimsical single flower. Some hairline cracking at the rear, but otherwise excellent.

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SW028 Morton - Brantford

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $425

A beautiful 2 gal cream crock from Morton & Co Brantford CW. Incredibly fine 4" hairline just under the decoration. Literally a hair off mint.

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SW029 Guild from Guilds

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $600

A 1/2 gal tomato jar from Frank Guild, general merchant, Guilds Ontario. 8 7/8" tall. Guilds is near Chatham. Near mint. Potstone front. A scarce small town piece.

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SW030 Caldwell & Hodgins - Toronto

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $160

A great little 1/4 gal jug from Caldwell & Hodgins Toronto. 8 1/8" tall. Note the "Successors to W. Mara". Mint condition.

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SW031 Belleville Stoneware Co

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $150

A tiny 1/2 gal butter crock from the Belleville Stoneware Company. The mark is very difficult to read, but this is definitely one of theirs. The mustache handles are a dead giveaway. Very unusual in this small size. 7" to the top of the lid finial. Original lid. The crock is mint. The lid has a single chip.

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SW032 Hudson's Bay - Winnipeg

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $300

A 1 gal jug from the Hudson's Bay Company Winnipeg MB. Made by potteries in Ohio, likely around 1900-1920. An attractive jug with blue and white lines under the glaze. A hairline crack through the handle but otherwise excellent condition. A scarce crock from an iconic Canadian firm.

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SW033 Bann & Mervin - Brockville

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $150

A 1 gal jug from Bann & Mervin Brockville, Ontario. John C. Bann & Joseph P Mervin were wine and spirit merchants in Brockville between 1881-1886. Excellent condition. Heavy separation line in the base of the handle that is clearly an in-manufacture flaw. Some stain, mostly at the back. The jug was made by the White & Handley Pottery also of Brockville.

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SW034 Hayward - St. John

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $230

A 2 gal jug from W.H. Hayward St John NB. The jug was made by the Farrar Pottery in Iberville Quebec. Excellent condition with a couple of tiny flakes. Great tilt to the neck on this one!

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SW035 McKenna - Charlottetown

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $400

A fat-bodied 1 gal jug from John McKenna Charlottetown PEI. 11 1/4" tall to the top of the handle. Excellent condition with only minor imperfections.

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SW036 Western Commercial Co Ltd

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Current Bid: $275

A tall 1 or possibly 2 gal jug from the Western Commercial Co Ltd, wholesale liquors, Calgary, Edmonton, Moose Jaw, and Saskatoon. 12 1/2" tall Medalta Potteries-made. Excellent condition with a couple of tiny flakes from the lip and a couple of base edge marks.

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