Antique Agateware Mottled Gray Lidded Berry Bucket Wire Handle Turned Wood Grip
Description: A nice antique agateware or graniteware berry bucket or pail with a lid. This primitive bucket has a round flat base with straight rising sides having a rolled rim originally colored in black but has lost quite a bit of the coloring. The pail has a lid with a central squared loop on top to pull it off. The bucket has two side metal loops at the top which are used to hang a wire handle having a turned wooden grip. The piece has a nice blue gray colored enamel with black mottling throughout the exterior and interior. The lid is enameled, has the same color scheme as the rest of the piece with the black colored loop in the center and fits well on the top and closes the pail tightly. This beautiful American agateware berry pail has a beautiful design, color, and shape. The bottom of the piece is also enameled in the same coloring as the entire exterior of the pot. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain, but most likely late 1800 to early 1900s.
Origin: Was acquired at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: The pail measure ~5 7/8" diameter at the base and is ~4 1/4" high to the top of the lid without considering the central loop. The piece weighs slightly over one pound.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a nice piece of Americana that would display nicely in any collection.
Condition: The bucket is in very good condition and looks good to display. The piece has no breaks or repairs. It shows signs of rust all along the bottom edge and on the squared pull on top of the lid. It has enamel losses on the inside especially along the bottom edge. It also has a chip with associated enamel losses on the exterior of the lid which shows rust signs. The edge of the bucket has lost quite a bit of its black coloring as you can see in the photos. The edge of the lid has also lost the enameling with both edges showing signs of rust. The wooden grip within the wire handle has lost some of its original coloring and has scratches and nicks as well as some minor losses. The swivel wire handle shows signs of rust but is solid and intact. It does have one or two additional small spots on the exterior and interior where the enameling is lost and show some minor rust signs. Be that as it may this is a very nice old piece worthy of a spot in your collection. Please view photos for additional condition information.
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