1974 Redware Glazed Pitcher Blue Gray and Brown Coloring President Ford Pardons Richard Nixon by Left Handed Russell Henry
Description: A beautiful and rather interesting nice size redware tall pitcher by Left Handed Russell Henry. The pitcher has a round flat base with straight and slightly inwards leaning side siring to a shoulder. The sides then turn further inwards and rise to a plain rim. There is a raised ridge about1" below the rim that retains the color of redware. Other than that the piece is gray or bluish gray in color and is entirely glazed. including the interior and the base which is not colored and retains the color of redware. The pitcher has an applied handle which starts at the ridge below the rim and ends slightly above the base and has a pinched spout opposite the handle. The pitcher has a statement engraved by the potter of the bottom which states "PRES. FORD PARDONS RICHARD NIXON; A FORD HE IS A LINCOLN HE IS NOT" representing a bold political statement about the President Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon in 1974.The base is signed by Russell Henry himself. Please carefully review photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: September 8, 1974.
Origin: Birdsboro, PA; Berks County, Pennsylvania USA.
Size: The pitcher is ~4 3/8" diameter at the base, ~3 1/2" in diameter at the top, is ~5 1/2" at its widest including the handle and spout, and is ~6 3/4" high. The piece weighs almost two pounds.
Maker: Russell Henry Marks: On the bottom 9/8/74 "?H" (Back facing R and H) Left Handed Russell Henry "HAY CREEK" for Hay Creek Pottery his company. The bottom is also engraved with the following "PRES. FORD PARDONS RICHARD NIXON; A FORD HE IS A LINCOLN HE IS NOT " an interesting political statement by Russell Henry, all in the same hand writing.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a very nice piece with a very nice shape and coloring and offers a window on Russell Henry's political thinking in the mid 1970s. A nice piece to add to your collection.
Condition: The pitcher is in very good condition with no cracks, repairs, chips or hairlines. Interestingly enough careful examination of the piece did not reveal any crazing to the glaze, which is very unusual for such an old (42 years old) piece of redware. This is a very nice piece in great condition, which would make a great addition to your collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.