Rare 1937 Isaac Stahl Brown Colored Glazed Redware Fat Lamp with Lid & Handle
Description: A most unusual and rather scarce redware fat lamp with its original lid and a loop handle. This glazed piece has a flat circular base with rounded sides ending in a plain rim. There is a ledge below the rim on the onside where a lid rests. The lid has a notch in the front which is positioned in front of a small spout in the rim. The lid also has a knob shaped finial surrounded by linear decoration. The pot is short and squat and has a reservoir under the lid where oil will be and a wick would be immersed in the oil and would come out through the notch in the lid into the spout to be lit. The lamp has an applied loop shaped handle opposite the spout. The handle is attached at the rim and at the bottom. The sides are slightly curved and the base is decorated with carved feather like decoration. The piece is glazed inside and out but not on the bottom, which shows typical coloring of unglazed redware. The bottom is signed and dated by Isaac Stahl. The piece is all original and is in very good condition, except for the handle which was broken in the past and has been glued in about four spots has. Other than that, the piece has no breaks, no chips, and no other repairs. The piece has a few minor glaze or surface flakes along the top rim and the front of the spout. This is just a great looking piece made in the Stahl Pottery in Powder Valley Pennsylvania. The bottom shows details about the potter and the pottery as well as the date the piece was made. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: May 16, 1937.
Origin: Powder Valley, Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: The pot is ~4 1/2" in diameter at the base, ~4 1/8" by ~5 1/4" at the top with the handle plus spout making the top ~6 3/4" long. The piece is ~2" high and weighs almost 1 pound and 2 ounces.
Maker: Isaac Stahl.
Marks: Marked "Made by I. S. Stahl/ 5/16/1937/ S.P." incised on the bottom along the edge of the base. The letters S. P. of course stand for Stahl Pottery.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a very nice unusual piece in form and color that is in great acceptable condition after being around for over 80 years made by one of the best and most famous potters from Southeastern Pennsylvania. Very well done and would display very well in your collection of Pennsylvania redware.
Condition: The pot is in acceptable condition with no cracks, hairlines, or chips. The piece is all original and is in very good condition, except for the handle which was broken in the past and has been glued in about four spots has. Other than that, the piece has no breaks, no chips, and no other repairs. The piece has a few minor glaze or surface flakes along the top rim and the front of the spout. The glaze has a very fine crazing pattern that is difficult to see due to the coloring of the piece but is there. The piece has some of the manufacturing defects you would expect in a primitive piece of redware of this vintage such as pops, slubs, areas where the glaze did not fully flow, and unglazed spots. This piece has very few such issues. The piece also has one or two small flakes to the glaze along the edge of the rim. A nice, unusual and rather scarce piece that is great looking, and would display very well in your collection. Because with the issue with the handle we are selling this piece AS IS at a fraction of its true value. Please view photos for additional condition information.
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