Antique Agateware or Graniteware Milk or Water Pitcher Lift-off Lid
Description: An Antique agateware or graniteware lidded pitcher having a flat round base with a recessed center. The pitcher has a slight rounded bulge at the base and straight rising sides ending in a recessed short rounded neck terminating in a rolled rim. The pitcher is colored in a lightly mottled gray coloring. It has a triangular shaped spout with a strainer. It also has an applied handle. Again the pitcher has the typical grayish mottled enameling inside and out and on the bottom. It also has a slightly domed lift-off lid with a raised edge to fit on the pitcher's rim. The lid appears to be original to the piece and fits nicely on the top. It has a squared loop finial in its center. This is an old and beautiful American agate ware pot with a beautiful design and shape. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Mid to late 1800s.
Origin: Recently acquired at an estate in Lancaster County Pennsylvania.
Size: The pitcher measure ~5" diameter at the base, it is ~6 3/4 high to the top of the finial, and is about 8 3/4" at its widest including the spout and handle. The pitcher weighs about 14 ounces.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is possibly one of the nicest pieces of old agate ware we have seen in a long time.
Condition: The pot is in good condition given its age and utilitarian function. It will look great in a display of agateware implements. It does have several spots were the enameling is lost and shows onset of rust in those spots (p[lease see photos for details). Aside from the two small rusty spots where the enameling is lost at the edge of the base, the rest of the rusty spots are on the edge of the lid. These are minor and do not distract from the beauty and character of the piece. The piece is solid and structurally sound and would look great in a display of agate ware. Please view photos to appreciate the beauty and condition of the piece.
In Closing: A nice piece of Americana, which would make a worthy addition to your collection.