Auction 35 - Spring 2013

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Stoneware

SW001 Wilkinson - Kingston

Minimum Bid: $1250

Range:$2000-2500

Sold: $1800

This five gallon jug is marked: G.M. Wilkinson/ Wine & Spirit Merchant/ & Importer of China & Glass Ware/ Kingston. Decorated with a spectacular Skinner flower! The design has a lot going for it. The sheer size is impressive. The blue is thick and richly coloured. The 5 gallon measure and under flourish are nice touches. Overall excellent condition. The lip and handle are basically perfect. It is no small miracle that the handle on this big heavy piece is pristine. 1/2" area of heavy wear just under the lip at the front. This may have been made by a wire closure rubbing. 1/4" potstone front right. Deep 2" chip and a second 1/2" chip at base edge front. Some heavy wear at the back just under where the handle attaches. 2" deep base edge chip at rear. There are a couple of large unseparated potstones at the rear. These condition issues are minor. A big bold beautiful and early Kingston crock!

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SW002 Gray Glass - Tillsonburg

Minimum Bid: $1000

Range:$1500-2000

Sold: Not

We are pleased this auction to be offering two rare crocks from Tillsonburg, Ontario. This four gallon butter crock is marked: Gray & Glass/ Tilsonburg. Gray & Glass pieces are very rare as the firm operated only from March to August of 1886. This is a beautiful example with a double flower. On the left side below the handle are some hairline cracks. There is one 4" hairline on the right side. A few glaze pops to the body. See photos. The damage sounds worse than it looks. The rim, handles, and base edge are all excellent. This is a beautiful, solid, and rare crock.

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SW003 Tillson - Tillsonburg

Minimum Bid: $750

Range:$1000-1200

Sold: Not

This two gallon F.B. Tillson/ Tillsonburg butter crock is a great piece with a unique design. F.B. Tillson operated the pottery under his own name from 1880-1883. Pieces bearing his mark are rare. The abstract design of this crock is very unusual for Tillsonburg. The condition of this piece is excellent. The body of the crock is very dark; likely over-fired in the kiln. The colour of the clay itself is quite red. Though it is certainly stoneware, it could easily be mistaken for redware. The colour does not detract and gives the piece character. 1/2" chip out of the left side handle. Really excellent condition for this most unusual crock.

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SW004 Hart Bros Lazier - Belleville

Minimum Bid: $600

Range:$1000-1200

Sold: Not

A gorgeous and huge six gallon butter crock from the Hart Brothers & Lazier "Bay of Quinte Works" in Belleville. Bird designs from this pottery are rare and this one is wonderfully executed. Excellent condition. There is a 8" hairline down the left side that extends another 6" across the base. The crock still rings true. The rim has one 1/2" flake. The handles and base edge of this crock are perfect. The body is very clean with no stain. A beautiful example in remarkable condition for its size.

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SW005 Campbell - Ottawa CW

Minimum Bid: $500

Range:$800-1000

Sold: $800

A four gallon jug marked: A. Campbell & Co/ Sussex Street/ Ottawa CW (Canada West). This is a most unusual jug. Decorated Canada West era crocks from Ottawa are very rare. The City was not much more than a lumber town before the construction of the Parliament. The bird on this crock was made by Orrin Ballard, likely in his first years operating the Cornwall Pottery. Birds of this type are commonly seen on Quebec crocks, that would likely have been made by Ballard during his years in St. Johns, Quebec. Birds of this type are quite rare when it comes to Ontario merchant ware. The condition of this crock is remarkably good, given its age and size. There is a potstone in the stamp - left of the "A" before "Campbell" that has not fully separated. On the left side of the body is a large patch of stain around an unseparated potstone. There is some modest spalding in one small spot on the base edge left side. Really minor issues with this great piece. In twenty years, I have seen maybe 5 or 6 Ottawa bird crocks (and I live in Ottawa); this one is by far the best!

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SW006 Eberhardt - Toronto CW

Minimum Bid: $400

Range:$700-800

Sold: Not

A fabulous five gallon open mouth crock marked: N. Eberhartd/ Toronto CW (Canada West). The single thistle flower on this crock is well executed in a rich dark cobalt. Near mint condition. Rings like a bell! Extremely clean piece. There is a 3" in-manufacturing crack on the inside left of the rim (that does not come anywhere close to penetrating through). A terrific Eberhardt piece!

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SW007 Erb Brother - Preston Breslau CW

Minimum Bid: $400

Range:$600-800

Sold: $400

A three gallon jug from Erb & Brother Preston & Breslau. The stamp is a bit weak. It reads: Erb & Brother/ Dealers in Dry Goods, Groceries/ Liquors, Crockery, Hardware/ Preston & Breslau, C.W. (Canada West). Breslau and Preston are located in Waterloo County. Preston is part of present day Cambridge, Ontario. The village of Preston was established by John Erb in 1805. Joseph Erb established the village of Breslau (near Kitchener) in 1850 when he opened some mills there. The crock was likely made by the Morton Potteries of Brantford. Near mint condition. Remarkable condition - given the age and size of the piece.

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SW008 Kingston - Montreal

Minimum Bid: $400

Range:$600-800

Sold: $400

A gorgeous and early two gallon jug marked: Frederick Kingston/Wine & Spirit Merchant/ 19 & 21 Hospital Street/Montreal. The blue design is a very good example from the St. John Stoneware Co - circa 1860s. Near mint condition. Hairline through the handle. A couple of flea bites in the lip. Terrific orange peel textured saltglaze. A great Quebec crock from a rare merchant.

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SW009 Cameron - Peterboro

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$400-600

Sold: $300

A one gallon molasses jug marked: J. Cameron/ Wine & Spirit Merchant/ Peterboro. The milky glaze of this crock is typical of pieces produced by the Brownscombe Potteries. Examples are very rare. 4" hairline on the left shoulder at the centre of which is a guilty potstone. 1/4" chip in the pouring spout. Otherwise excellent.

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SW010 Skinner - Picton CW

Minimum Bid: $250

Range:$400-500

Sold: $250

A three gallon Skinner & Co cream crock with a great triple flower design. This crock has been professionally restored. The right side handle has been replaced. The rim on the right side has been re-built. There may be other restoration. The repair job is very good and the crock looks great.

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SW011 Sharp - Burks Falls

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $250

A wonderful 1/2" gallon (9 1/2" tall) tomato jar marked: James Sharp/ General Merchant/ Burks Falls. The village of Burks Falls is North of Toronto between Huntsville and North Bay in the District of Parry Sound. Mint condition. Nice orange coloured clay body. A rare small town piece from an area of the province where you do not see much.

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SW012 Nichols - Cedar Springs

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $425

A tiny 1/2" gallon open crock (5 1/4" tall and 7 3/8" in diameter across the mouth) marked: Nichols & Co/ General Merchant/ Cedar Springs. Cedar Springs is a tiny crossroads in southwestern Ontario in the vicinity of Chatham-Kent on the shores of Lake Erie. Mint condition. A gorgeous little crock from the tiniest of places.

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SW013 Clark - Straffordville

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: Not

A beautiful little bowl (5 1/2" tall and 8 1/2" in diameter across the mouth) marked: T.A. Clark/ General Merchant/ Straffordville, Ont. Straffordville is South of Tillsonburg and there is a good chance this is a product of one of the Tillsonburg Potteries. Near mint with a 1" chip off the underside of the rim on the left side.

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SW014 Guenther Schmitt - Milverton

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: Not

A nice Brantford Stoneware-made bowl marked: Guenther & Schmitt/ General Merchants/ Milverton. Milverton is North of Stratford and South of Listowel. There is some tight spider hairline cracking at the front in the dark brown section. A 3" hairline penetrates to the inside. This is so difficult to see, that I missed it through two photo session. Otherwise, the bowl is near mint. Don't be put off by the damage on this one.

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SW015 Wood - Uxbridge

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $325

A nice bowl marked: E.A. Wood/ General Merchant/ Uxbridge. Near mint. 1/2" chip off the inside rim at rear. Uxbridge pieces are very scarce.

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SW016 Moore's - Peterboro

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $230

A nice bowl marked: Made Expressly For/ Moore's Grocery/ 351 George St./ Peterboro. Near mint with a 1/2" chip off the inside edge of the rim at front.

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SW017 Schuler - Paris

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: Not

A four gallon H. Schuler jug from Paris, Ontario. This is a big bold crock with a better than average design for Schuler. 7" crack on the left side bottom. Hairline threw the handle and a second hairline where the handle attaches to the body of the crock. 1/2" glazed chip in the lip on the right. The damage reads worse than it looks. This is a nice clean crock with very little stain. A beauiful design on a large body. A great Schuler piece.

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SW018 Macomb - Brampton

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$350-400

Sold: $400

A fabulous one gallon jug from T. Macomb Brampton (Ontario). This small piece has a lot going for it. A beautiful single flower (likely Branford-made but possibly Paris), an unusual thin lip finish, and an interesting stamp. The stamp has three very distinct fonts. Near mint condition!

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SW019 Picton CW (Canada West)

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $150

An unmarked Skinner crock from Picton CW (Canada West). A sweet little one gallon jug with a simple and different rendering of the standard Skinner bowtie design. Near mint.

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SW020 Saunders - Bolton

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $200

A one gallon tomato jar marked: Albion Pottery/ C. Saunders/ Bolton Ont. This is an extremely rare mark. Caleb Saunders operated the Albion Pottery in Bolton (West of Markham) from 1898 to 1904. Pieces bearing his mark are very scarce. Excellent condition. 5" hairline crack left rear and a couple of 1/2" spots of glaze loss. Minor flakes around the mouth. Another very scarce potter's marked piece.

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SW021 Humberstone - Newton Brook

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: Not

A two gallon butter crock marked S.T. Humberstone Newton-Brook, Ontario. This is a very rare mark. You seldom see crocks marked from this operation. A solid crock in o overall excellent condition. There is a crack on the left side. It extends about 5" through the body, where it is very faint and hard to see. It continues for about 6" across the base, where it is more obvious. 4" black mark at rear. This damage is barely visible when the crock is seated.

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SW022 Bemister Son - Beaverton

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $300

This four gallon cream crock is marked: JAS (James) Bemister & Son/ Manufacturers/ Beaverton. Beaverton is on the West side of Lake Simcoe. James Bemister worked with his son Walter from about 1888 - 1897 (according to Newlands). Marked pieces are virtually unknown. This example is HEAVILY pitted on the inside and spalded and rust stained on the outside, but it is intact and, remarkably, rings true. If you collect potter's marks, you may never see another.

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SW023 Welding - Brantford

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $240

Canadian batter jugs are rarely found marked. This 1/2 gallon size one is marked W.E. Welding Brantford on the base. 8" tall. Remarkably excellent and original condition. The only damage is a large chip off the rear of the right side bail hanger (see photo). This is a $30 repair job, if you even care. The rest of the jug is perfect. Note the moulded handle at rear. Original wooden handle and spout tin. Do you have a marked Canadian batter jug? Of course you don't.

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SW024 B.S. MFG Co - Brantford

Minimum Bid: $125

Range:$200-250

Sold: $170

This three gallon butter crock is a nice example of a late period Brantford Stoneware Manufacturing Company piece. This mark is considerably scarcer than the earlier Welding ones. Mint condition. A good strong mark, a nice flower, and no condition issues.

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SW025 Glass Brothers - London

Minimum Bid: $125

Range:$200-250

Sold: $125

A scarce example of a three gallon Glass Brothers - London jug. These wide-bodied jugs are seldom seen decorated. This primitive single flower is a scarce design for this firm and the first we have ever sold. The handle has been professionally replaced. Otherwise the condition is excellent.

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SW026 Welding - Brantford

Minimum Bid: $125

Range:$200-250

Sold: $160

A real sweet two gallon butter crock from W.E. Welding , Brantford. A variation on the standard flower. Is that a bee coming for a taste? Near mint.

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SW027 Buchanan - Ottawa CW

Minimum Bid: $125

Range:$200-250

Sold: $325

A one gallon jug marked in five lines: James Buchanan/ General Grocer/ & Wine Merchant/ Sussex & Wellington Street/ Ottawa CW (Canada West). Ottawa crocks from the CW period are rare. This one is unusual for having blue on the handle. Most Ottawa crocks from this early time were made by the Hart Pottery in Ogdensburg, NY, but we are now convinced this jug was made by the Cornwall Pottery under Ballard - based on similar marked pieces. This crock has some heavy spalding and lip chipping but it is solid with no cracks. The handle is perfect.

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SW028 Bertrand Lavoie - Iberville

Minimum Bid: $125

Range:$200-250

Sold: $200

A three gallon jug from Bertrand & Lavoie, Iberville Quebec. A far scarcer mark than the Farrar pieces of the same late period. Nice clean design better than the average for this maker. Near mint condition. A real good example.

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SW029 Cook - Bradford

Minimum Bid: $100

Range:$150-200

Sold: $100

A nice 1/2" gallon (10 1/4" tall) jug marked: Gibson Cook/ Bradford. Excellent condition. Area of hairline cracking on the front (visible in photo).

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SW030 Parker - Hillsdale

Minimum Bid: $100

Range:$150-200

Sold: $100

A nice 1/2" gallon (10 1/4" tall) jug marked: R. Parker/ Hillsdale, Ont. Hillsdale is a small village north of Barrie. Near mint condition. A curious feature of this little jug is that it appears the potter removed a second line of writing between the merchant name and town? A rare small town crock.

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SW031 St. Johns Stoneware

Minimum Bid: $100

Range:$150-200

Sold: $200

A one gallon jug from the St. Johns Stoneware Company of Quebec. The design is a fairly representative one from this firm in the 1860s. It is rare that we comment on the colour of a crock. This one is a pale orange colour that really stands out in a group. Overall excellent condition. Some thin flaking to the mouth and some stain to the body. An attractive little jug.

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SW032 Flack Van Arsdale - Cornwall

Minimum Bid: $100

Range:$150-200

Sold: $100

A sweet two gallon butter crock from Flack & Van Arsdale of Cornwall, Ontario. The simple flower design is not typical of this firm's wares. Near mint with just a bit of calcification from having been used as a flower pot.

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SW033 Flack Van Arsdale - Cornwall

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $100

A sweet one gallon (8 3/4" tall) cream crock from Flack & Van Arsdale Cornwall. A beautiful simple little crock with a dark clay body and a heavy blued stamp. Near mint. A scarce form and size.

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SW034 Belleville Stoneware Co

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: Not

A two gallon cream crock from the Belleville Stoneware Company. Great moustache handles. Simple blue design. Some condition issues. Area of heavy spalding and a large potstone on the left side in the area of the handle. 4" hairlines rear. 1/4" chip in lip. Despite the damage, this piece displays well.

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SW035 Glass Brothers - London

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $75

Surprisingly little is known about the production of the Glass Brothers Pottery of London, Ontario. This small lead glaze teapot is the first we have seen. Marked on the base: Glass Brothers Company/ Fire Proof/ London Ont. The condition is excellent though there is some extensive heat cracking on the base. Note the blacking that attests to a lot of use. Despite the "Fire Proof" label, the piece fell short of the claim. Still - the handle, spout, and lid are all perfect. You will see a hundred Brantford teapot before you see one of these!

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SW036 Brant - Smithville

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $275

A fat 1/2" gallon preserve jar marked: S. Brant/ Smithville CW (Canada West). This is an early crock, circa 1860. 8 1/8" tall. Excellent condition. There is an area on the right side shoulder that appears to be deeply scraped, but this may be some kind of marks made during the manufacturing. This crock was once painted bright green and there remains a bit of paint in the crevices. A lovely little early small town Canada West crock.

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SW037 Lyman Elliott - Toronto

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $150

A beautiful one gallon pharmacy crock marked: Lyman Elliott & Co/ Toronto CW (Canada West). This is an early piece, circa 1860. You seldom see crocks in this form. The shape and lip finish are both attractive and unusual. Excellent condition. There is somefaint hairline cracking at the front and some large spots of unglaze stain in the rear. This is minor damage. The crock is solid and looks great!

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