Antique Ironstone Covered Sugar Ear of Corn Finial John Meir & Son of Tunsle
Description: This is a Beautiful antique large ironstone covered sugar bowl or canister made by the John Meir & Son pottery of Tunstall, Staffordshire, England. The canister has a round footed base with a paneled potbelly shape with two side small handles. The sugar bowl has a paneled lid with a central finial. The finial is in the form of a short and rather round ear of corn. A heavy and rather substantial antique piece of Staffordshire pottery to add to your collection. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: The piece has an English Registry Mark of the A type which we believe indicates the piece was made in 1849. We are not very sure of the year letter but the pottery was in operation between 1837 and 1897.
Origin: Staffordshire, England, Great Britain.
Size: The canister is ~6 3/4" high, ~6 1/2" at its widest including the handles, and the base is ~4 3/4" in diameter. The piece weighs about two pounds and five ounces.
Maker: John Meir & Son pottery.
Marks: On the base in black under glaze the British arms with the words "IRONSTONE CHINA; J. MEIR & SON." There is also an impressed English Registry Mark of the "A" Type again listing John Meir and Son as the potter and some indication of the shape as well as the date of making which we are unable to make out completely. See the next to last photo for more details.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a real nice 170 years old piece in great condition, which is very desirable by collectors of English pottery.
Condition: The canister is in excellent condition. It has no chips, cracks, hairlines, crazing, or repairs. The only issues we see is a few stains on the inside of both the lid and the canister itself (see 5th and 6th photos) and stains on the finial which can be seen in the last photo. We are not certain, but we strongly feel these are artifacts of the making and are original to the making. Other than that the piece is clean and was well taken care of. Please see photos for additional condition information and details.
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