AUCTION 45 – SPRING 2018

Stoneware

SW001 Hearn - Quebec

Minimum Bid: $2500

Range:$4000-5000

Sold: $3000

A 5 gal jug from John Hearn, provision merchant, Quebec City. John Hearn was born in Waterford Ireland in 1827. He immigrated to Quebec City in 1847 where he established himself as a ship chandler and grocer. Hearn was also a politician who served in both the Quebec legislature and the Canadian House of Commons. While not marked Canada East, this jug certainly dates from the early 1860s. The jug was made by Orrin Ballard in St. Johns Quebec. The huge sunflower is an extremely rare design for Ballard and only the second example I have seen. We sold one similar from a different merchant in 2017. What makes the design special is the horns coming off the flower head and the fully shaded leaves. The thick blue glaze and the huge scale of the decoration gives the piece a striking appearance. Condition is excellent. Some minor flaking to the rear of the lip. A bit of stain on the body. Terrific heavy saltglaze that gives the piece an orange peel texture around the shoulder. This is a monumental and important piece. A standout in any advanced collection!

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SW002 Sinclair - Prince Albert

Minimum Bid: $1000

Range:$1500-2000

Sold: $2300

A 4 gal jug from A. Sinclair, wine & spirit merchant, Prince Albert CW (Canada West). The jug was made in Toronto, likely by potters Eberhardt & Halm. The flower design is generally attributed to this partnership, but is also found with Eberhardt's mark alone. This is the finest exmple of this rare design that I have seen, much more elaborate than usual. The condition is extraordinary, near mint with a bit of body stain lower rear. A gorgeous early small town crock!

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SW003 Roy - Berlin

Minimum Bid: $1500

Range:$2000-3000

Sold: Not

A 5 gal butter crock from Alexander Roy, grocer, Berlin Ontario. While I believe the stamp is for Alexander Roy (who was a merchant in Berlin), it may be Alexander Fox. Both men ran general stores in a period that would be right for the age of this piece. Regardless, crocks marked Berlin Ontario (now Kitchener) are extremely rare and highly sought-after. Decorated examples are particularly hard to find. The crock was made by Welding Brantford. This crock has a number of stress cracks around the body with some heavy stain coming through. The piece is solid and stable and intact. Minor flake off the inside rim edge front.

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SW004 Goold - Brantford

Minimum Bid: $600

Range:$1000-1200

Sold: $600

A 5 gal jug from F.P. Goold of Brantford Ontario. The elaborate floral design is finely executed and impressive on this large a crock. One of the best examples of this design I have seen. Excellent condition. Some fine stress cracking at the rear towards the base and also at the rear of the lip. Very minor stuff. A scarce and beautiful Goold crock with a terrific decoration!

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SW005 Farrar - St. Johns

Minimum Bid: $600

Range:$1000-1200

Sold: $700

A terrific 3 gal jug from EL Farrar St Johns Canada East. Ebenezer Lawrence Farrar worked in St. Johns Quebec in the 1850s, first in partnership with Moses Farrar, then for a short-time on his own. Réal Fortin list EL Farrar in business on his own for just one year in 1854. Crocks with his mark are quite scarce. The elaborate floral design ressembles a snowflake. This design is a rare and beautiful one. Near mint condition with one 1/2" base edge flake. One of the nicest examples I have handled of this rare decoration and with a scarce mark to boot!

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SW006 Hart Brothers Lazier - Belleville

Minimum Bid: $600

Range:$1000-1200

Sold: Not

A 5 gal butter crock from Hart Brothers & Lazier's Bay of Quinte Works. Dated 1885. I believe the wrting in the box says "Pearl". I have seen other crocks from Picton and Belleville with names. It may also be "Pears", but I have a hard time seeing the "S". The Picton and Belleville potteries did sometimes write the names of footstuffs on their crocks. You can judge for yourself from the pics. Regardless, crocks decorated and dated in this fashion are very rare. Excellent condition. 7" crack at rear down from the rim. A blob of saltglaze has popped off the stamp. A bit of calcium stain to the body. The first dated piece of Canadian stoneware we have ever sold.

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SW007 Harris - Toronto

Minimum Bid: $400

Range:$600-800

Sold: Not

A 3 gal butter crock from E. Harris of Toronto CW (Canada West). Edwin Harris ran a China, Glass & Earthenware business in Toronto from 1861-70. His store was at 40 King St E, hence the Roman numerals "XXXX". The crock itself was made by Samuel Skinner of Picton (1855-64) and features a nice triple flower. So this crock was made sometime between 1861-64 in Canada West. This is the only piece of pottery I have seen from this Toronto merchant. This butter crock was heavily cracked and has been professionally restored. A rare and unsual early Toronto merchant crock with a great Picton-Potteries floral design!

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SW008 Hudson's Bay - Winnipeg

Minimum Bid: $400

Range:$600-800

Sold: Not

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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SW009 H.B. Co Winnipeg

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $300

A 1 1/2 gal butter crock from the Hudson's Bay Company store in Winnipeg. This incised H.B. Co crock is an earlier piece, likely 1890-1900. A scarce crock that you rarely see. 6" hairline crack down the front right side. 1/2" flake off the inside rim left rear. The condition reads worse than it looks in the hand. A solid piece in an attractive small size.

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SW010 Humberstone - Newtonbrook

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$400-500

Sold: $300

A 3 gal butter crock from S.T. Humberstone Newton Brook Ontario. Decorated Humberstone crocks are quite scarce. Most examples I have seen were floral decorations, but occasionally more abstract designs. The rare design on this crock is a kind of fancy flourish. First one I have seen. The right lug handle has been professionally replaced. Displays perfect.

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SW011 Skinner & Co (Picton)

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$400-600

Sold: $325

A beautiful 1 gal jug from Skinner & Co (Picton). The eloborate single flower looks great on this sm size, standing nearly as tall as the crock! Handle has been professionally replaced and it is a very good job. Displays mint.

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SW012 Willie - Ramsay

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$400-600

Sold: Not

A rare and unusual crock from J.J. Willie & Co Ramsay Canada West. The town of Ramsay changed its name to Almonte in the mid-1850s and very few crocks exist with the Ramsay name listed. I know of three (including this one) all from the same merchant. The crock itself is quite different. This form of cream crock is normally associated with the 1840s and early 1850s, but this one is likely from the 1860s. One of the other two known Ramsay crocks is decorated with a classic Eberhardt & Halm flower (circa. 1863-65) making me suspect this is also and E&H crock. Quite a variety of floral designs are known from E&H. But the form of this crock and the stamp (with tiny measure #) are not typical E&H characteristics. There are cracks down both sides of this crock around the area of the handles. The crack on the left side is the worst, travelling around the handle and down about 7". The crack on the right side is about 4" long but barely visible on the outside. This is a crudely fired crock which has given the saltglaze a real mottled appearance. Let the photos be your guide. The condition report makes this one sound far worse than it is in person.

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SW013 Eberhardt & Halm - Toronto

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$400-600

Sold: $475

A beautiful little 1 gal jug from Eberhardt & Halm Toronto Canada West. This was a short-lived partnership lasting maybe three years (1863-65). The flower decoration on this crock is one I have always associated with E&H. Note the gorgeous expression of this design on the Sinclair jug above (SW002). Professionally restored handle that is super well done. Piece displays mint and looks great!

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SW014 Eberhardt - Toronto

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $450

A super 2 gal jug from Nicholas Eberhardt Toronto Canada West. In 1865, the partnership of Eberhardt & Halm was dissolved and Eberhardt continued on his own. This jug sports a flower that is normally seen on E&H crocks. This is the first time I have seen it on a piece with Eberhardt's name alone. Makes you wonder who was doing the decorating? Professional restoration to the blob top that is very well done. Displays mint. A fine pair to the previous lot.

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SW015 Woodyatt - Brantford

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$400-600

Sold: $450

A 2 gal jug from James Woodyatt & Co Brantford Canada West. Woodyatt operated for a very short time (1857-59) so crocks bearing his stamp are rare. The body of this crock is unusual for having a strong beige tone and a light saltglaze that gives the piece a flat mat finish. Excellent condition with a bit of fine glaze crazing just under the lip front.

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SW016 Gray & Betts - Tilsonburg

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$500-600

Sold: $300

A tall 1 gal jug from Gray & Betts of Tilsonburg, Ontario. A beautiful single flower covers the entire face of the piece. Mint condition.

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SW017 Gillespie & Mace - St. Johns

Minimum Bid: $250

Range:$400-500

Sold: $300

A 2 gal jug from Gillespie & Mace of St. Johns CE (Canada East). This was a very short-lived partnership of two potters (1857-58). This is one of the harder St Johns marks to find. This is a particularly nice example with a tall slender body and nice double flower decoration. 6" hairline crack down the righ side. Large unseparated chip off the mouth right side. A few heavy potstones and base edge flakes, several of which are glazed. This piece looks far better than the condition report would suggest. The first crock we have offered from this early St. Johns pottery.

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SW018 Leclair Lettelier - Quebec

Minimum Bid: $250

Range:$400-500

Sold: $350

A 3 gal jug from Leclair & Lettelier, marchand epicier, rue St Paul, Quebec (city). The jug was made by Flack & Van Arsdale of Cornwall Ontario. The decoration is an extremely rare footed vase with flowers. While you see vases from F&VA these do not have the foot or handles. This is only the third crock I have seen with this design variation. Excellent condition with some minor flaking to the mouth.

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SW019 Ballard Bird

Minimum Bid: $250

Range:$400-500

Sold: $750

A 2 gal jug with a lovely bird on a stump. This jug was likely made by Orrin Ballard either when he worked in St. Johns Quebec or after he moved and established the Cornwall Pottery in Ontario. Sm birds with deep blue glaze were a Ballard hallmark on his Canadian pieces. This is the first example I have seen with the stump. Excellent condition with a bit of minor flaking to the mouth. A lovely crock with a beautiful simple decoration that is well executed.

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SW020 Ernst & Wilker - Tavistock

Minimum Bid: $250

Range:$400-500

Sold: $250

A 2 gal jug from Ernst & Wilker Tavistock Ontario. The floral design is almost certainly Brantford and likely Welding & Belding. Near mint condition. Very clean piece with a great flower.

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SW021 Schofield - Port Dover

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $200

A 2 gal cream crock from N.B. Schofield of Port Dover, Ontario. The crock was made in Brantford but it is difficult to say from the flower by what hand. This crock has had some heavy restoration to spaulding and cracks in the rear. The restoration is quite good and the crock displays mint. This is the only Port Dover crock I have ever seen.

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SW022 Mader - Mahone Bay

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: - $700

A 5 gal butter crock from C.U. Mader Mahone Bay Nova Scotia. The crock is a late-period Farrar from Iberville, Quebec. Near mint condition with just a few minor glaze flakes off the rim. Amazing condition given the large size. Rings like a bell. You don't see much from Mahone Bay!

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SW023 Morton & Bennett - Brantford

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $300

A 3 gal cream crock from Morton & Bennett Brantford Canada West. This crock has heavy spaulding to the glaze over much of the body. There has been some touch-ups to the decoration where the spaulding peeled the blue. The left lug handle has been professionally replaced. Normally, I would not list a crock with this degree of damage - but damn that decoration is out of this world! I call it the "Creature from the Black Lagoon" crock. That is some freaky and large flower. Has real presence on the shelf.

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SW024 Gordon - Tottenham

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $200

A beautiful bowl from George Gordon, general merchant, Tottenham Ontario. 6 1/2" tall. 9 1/8" in diameter across the mouth. The bowl itself was likely made by one of the Brantford potteries. Excellent condition. 1/4" thin flake off the base edge front (see photo) and a second 1/4" flake off the bottom. A rare sm town bowl in fine condition.

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SW025 Beaver Spitoon

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $210

A scarce beaver spittoon made by the Glasgow Pottery Company of Iberville Quebec (1877-82). This is the second time I have sold this exact spittoon and it remains the only one I have handled with the potter's mark "G.P.Co" on the base. This example has a bright almost metallic brown glaze. Minor wear at the clearing hole edge. Some base edge chipping. A rare and iconic piece that is seldom, if ever, found marked by the pottery.

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SW026 Beaver Bowl

Minimum Bid: $100

Range:$150-200

Sold: Not

A lovely bowl with beaver design. Made for the Canadian market. The jury is still out on whether these were made in St Johns QC or by a British pottery. Three hairline cracks, very typical of these bowls. Let the photos be your guide for condition. This bowl looks great.

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SW027 Baby Warmer

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $150

This tiny footwarmer is just 7 1/4" long, about the size of a beer glass. The kind of warmer you could take along with you. Incised "Baby Warmer". Certainly made by one of the Picton potteries. I have seen only a handful. This one is in excellent condition, but an applique that went around the hole is missing. The cork came with it, but it is likely not original.

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SW028 Bole & Wynne - Winnipeg

Minimum Bid: $100

Range:$150-200

Sold: $110

A 1 gal jug from The Martin Bole & Wynne Co of Winnipeg. The jug was made in Belleville circa 1900-1910. Not a style of jug you commonly see from prairie merchants. The jug has some heavy kiln marks to the body. I believe this is the way the jug was made. Other than these marks, the piece is solid and clean.

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