Rare 1948 Redware Lidded Syrup Glazed with Dark Brown Ground By Isaac Stahl Powder Valley Pennsylvania
Description: A most unusual and very rare syrup with its original lid. The syrup and the lid are glazed and have a dark brown colored background both inside and out. The syrup has an applied handle while the lid has a knob like finial in its center. The syrup is glazed inside and out except of the bottom of the syrup as well as that of the lid which are not glazed and have the normal unglazed redware coloring. The bottom of the syrup has Isaac Stahl Signature and date, while the bottom of the lid has no markings. The syrup has a flat base and ribbed sides with a raised central band for decoration. The rim of the syrup is plain but has a zigzag like decoration just below it. The syrup has a pinched spout directly opposite the applied ribbed strap handle of the pourer. The top of the syrup on the inside has a ledge, that stops where the spout is, where the lid rests. The round lid rests on that ledge and covers the top very well. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: June 28, 1948.
Origin: Powder Valley, Southeastern Pennsylvania
Size: The syrup is ~4 3/4" in diameter at the base, ~4 5/8" diameter at the top, and is ~2 1/4" high without considering the lid. It is ~6" at its widest including the handle and the spout. This is a substantial piece weighing slightly over one pound.
Maker: Isaac Stahl.
Marks: Marked "Made in; Stahl Pottery; By I. S. Stahl; The weather clear & warm; time 10-30 AM; 6/28/48" incised in cursive calligraphy on the bottom of the base of the syrup. The lid is unmarked.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a very nice, unusual and rare piece of great color and in nice condition 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 lid itself is in very good condition with no breaks, hairlines, cracks, or repairs. The lid has two or three small flakes or chips at the edge and general crazing to the glaze. The syrup itself has no breaks, repairs, cracks, or hairlines. The syrup also has general crazing and the syrup has some minor losses to the glaze around the base and on the rim. The syrup also has a 3/8" rim chip and a smaller ~1/4" chip again at the rim. There are also a few rim flakes and minor glaze losses throughout the piece. Finally there are a few spots on the zigzag decoration below the rim where the glaze chipped away and you can see the redware. All of these issues can be seen in the photos. Finally as is the case with all these primitive old redware pieces, the piece also has a few of the usual defects you would expect such as pops, unglazed areas, slubs, and uneven spots. Nevertheless this is a beautiful piece in great shape. Please view photos for additional condition information.