Antique Dark Brown Manganese Glazed Redware Inkwell with 3 Quill Storing Holes
Date: Unknown, but we believe it was made sometime in the late 1800s.
Origin: Was purchased at an estate auction in Lancaster Pennsylvania, where it was probably made.
Size: measures ~3 1/8"" diameter at the base, ~3 3/8" diameter at its widest spot (the edge of the shoulder), the mouth of the inkwell is ~1 1/8" in diameter on the outside and ~5/8" in diameter on the inside. The piece is ~2 1/4" high and weighs about 8.5 ounces.
Marks: Unmarked as to the maker.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: A nice looking antique redware inkwell, which would display nicely in any collection of antique redware.
Condition: The inkwell is in very good condition. It has no cracks, repairs, or hairlines. It is solid and intact and displays a nice shape. It does have general overall crazing to the glaze. It also has chips on the edge of the shoulder, along the edge of the base, and along the edge of the inkwell opening. The piece also has several normal defects you would expect in a piece of primitive folk pottery of this type, such as pops, slubs, uneven surfaces, roughness to the surface, and spots where it is not completely covered by the glaze. Most of these issues can be seen in the photos. It also has a few small flakes to the glaze along the edges of the rim of the mouth, the shoulder, and the sides. Be that as it may, this is a very nice piece in very good condition worthy of a spot in your collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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