Vintage Salt Glazed Stoneware Bed and Foot Warmer Hot Water Bottle
Description: This is a nice vintage large size handmade glazed stoneware bed and foot warmer. This water bottle is cylindrical in shape with a flatter bottom and a threaded plug on top, when looking at it laying on its longer side. As for the smaller sides one has a knob shaped end and the other is flat and shows what looks like the wire mark generated when the piece was taken off the wheel after being thrown. This hand thrown piece has a threaded plug on top with a rubber washer too ensure the water does not leak. The piece is very basic in shape and is undecorated. A nice primitive piece in the best American stoneware tradition. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of the description.
Date: Uncertain, but most likely mid to 3rd quarter 1900.
Size: About 9 1/2" long, ~5 1/4" high to the top of the plug, and is ~4 1/2" by ~4 1/4"in at both ends. The piece weighs almost 4 pounds.
Marks: Unmarked, but has an impressed letter "K"? which maybe a maker's mark but we are uncertain and unfamiliar with it.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is definitely a nice and substantial piece of American Folk art. A quality stoneware piece worthy of a prominent spot in your collection.
Condition: The warmer is in excellent condition and has no cracks, hairlines, repairs, chips, or crazing. It does have several of the typical normal defects you would expect in such a primitive piece of pottery such as pops, unglazed areas, firing cracks, and uneven spots. The piece has a spot, which can be seen in the last photo that looks like a chip but we believe it is a manufacturing defect. Be that as it may, the piece is solid, intact and looks great. Please see photos for additional condition information.