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Double Bird Crock - J. Norton - Bennington - ca 1860

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2 gallon stoneware crock or churn by Julius Norton of Bennington Vt, 1859 - 1861. Measures 11 1/4" high and 8 1/2" diameter at base. Stamped at shoulder and neck with Julius Norton's name and location, the #2 below the stamp. This form is sometimes considered a churn, but can function as a crock also. Decorated with the double bird design, very rare and desirable. Very vivid cobalt decoration, with blue highlights over the stamped name, location, and size. Applied slip handles. Salt glaze is slightly varied in color, from beige to light tan shades, deeper color on lip. Interior is dark, with variation in tone also. The pebbled surface is quite glossy, has not been worn down (we have not washed it, so the close up images will show some accrued dust or dirt in the deeper pockets) Fabulous condition, no chips or cracks or fading of cobalt design. Bottom shows a crease, which shows on interior, and was in the making, not a crack. Interior shows a few small spots where glaze did not adhere. There appears to be a repair on the back at bottom, a small areas that may have been a very tiny drilled hole, visible in last photo. No other condition issues. For the collector of stoneware or American pottery, this is a real gem, such beautiful condition with a most desirable depiction of two birds, facing away from one another. The pair of birds cover much of the front, are large and crisp. Please see all photos, and email any questions. Shipping via USPS with special packaging and insurance. Shipping times may vary, and though we ship via Priority Mail, cannot guarantee delivery withing 2 to 3 days. If you wish to utilize another shipping method, please contact us for shipping venues and quotes.