Antique Pennsylvania Redware Pumpkin Color Manganese Glazed Turk's Head or Cake Mold
Description: A very nice piece of American folk art, a redware sponge cake mold in the Turk's Head or Turk's Cap shape. It has a beautiful pumpkin colored glaze background. The outside has sponged black highlights indicative of manganese glazing. It has a rich pumpkin color glaze inside with a 1/2 inch circle that is unglazed on the bottom where the piece would rest on a surface. The piece also has a central column that has the usual ribbing you would expect. Please view the photos carefully as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Early to mid 19th century.
Origin: Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: The mold measures 6 7/8" in diameter at the top and is 2 3/8" deep. The column measures ~1" in diameter at the top. The piece weighs over 1 1/2 pounds.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a rather nice antique piece with a beautiful color glaze. A definite beauty deserving of a prominent spot in any antique redware collection.
Condition: This piece is solid and sound and in excellent condition given it is over 150 years old. There are no cracks or hairlines. There are several small chips, that have blackened with age, around the rim and the top of the central column. A few additional small chips to the glaze on the outside near the base and has some small losses to the glaze in a few spots. All of these chips and glaze loss spots are old since they are dark with incrusted dirt. Additionally the glaze has considerable crazing from age and use. Finally, as is the case with all these primitive old pottery pieces, the piece has several of the usual defects you would expect such as pops, surface roughness, unglazed areas and uneven spots. Please see photos to appreciate its beauty and condition of this piece.
In Closing: This is a beautiful and great antique redware piece made in Southeastern Pennsylvania. It deserves a prominent spot in your antique redware collection.