Antique Primitive Pennsylvania Manganese and Lead Glazed Redware Slip Decorated Pie Plate Spells the Word "Honey"
Description: Antique redware lead and manganese glazed slip decorated pie plate. The plate has an orangish-brown glaze background on the inside with yellow slip decoration. The slip decoration spells the word Honey, very unusual and rare occurrence. The plate has a flat base with flared rounded sides rising to the plain rim. The base has acquired a patina from use over the years. The base has an impressed number "5" in its center. Please view photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Mid to late 18th Century.
Origin: Southeastern Pennsylvania
Size: ~ 7 1/8" in diameter and ~ 1 3/8" in height. The piece weighs 12 1/2 ounces.
Marks: Marked with an impressed 5 in the center of the base.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This a very nice and rather rare Pennsylvania primitive antique find. This slip decorated plate with the word “Honey” spelled on it is very uncommon.
Condition: Plate is in good condition given its age and utilitarian function, remember this piece is over 200 years old. It has no repairs. It has crazing to the glaze with minor glaze losses. It has several old chips at the rim; most pronounced are the ones we are showing in the last couple of photos. It also has a tight hairline crack starting at the rim and extending down about 1 1/4" (see last Photo. This hairline is tight and the piece is still solid and intact. The slip decoration is so primitive where the letters are difficult to see especially the “y” in the word Honey which is rather faint and has lost some of the yellow coloring, but is still there (though difficult to photograph). Finally as is the case with all these primitive old redware pieces, the plate also has a few of the usual defects you would expect such as pops, unglazed areas and uneven spots. Because of the hairline discussed above we are selling this piece "AS IS" at a fraction of its value.
In Closing: This is a rare and very nice old piece of Pennsylvania slip redware which has survived for over 200 years. It deserves a prominent spot in any redware collection.