Liverpool Historical Jug, ca. 1800
Appraised Value: $5,000 - $7,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:31)
Decorative Arts, Pottery & Porcelain, Silver
Vice President & Director, Fine Ceramics & Director, American Furniture and Decorative Arts
GUEST: I acquired this from my father. My mother recently passed away and he passed it on to me. He got it at a barn sale in Rolling Prairie, Indiana, probably 45 to 50 years ago, and he just paid a couple dollars for it. I've looked at it over the years and read the inscriptions and things, but we really didn't know if it was as old as it appears it could be, or if it was a reproduction of something.
APPRAISER: Well, it's English pottery, made in Liverpool. And traditionally, they would be known as Liverpool jugs. It's in earthenware and it's creamware. And then you have this transfer-printed design. Now, they did transfer-printed creamware in pastoral scenes and all sorts of subject matters, and they did it in mugs and jugs and bowls and tea sets and that sort of thing. But the most valuable things are the historical things.
APPRAISER: Now, you have British historical subjects and you have American historical subjects, and certainly the most valuable ones are the American historical subjects. Now we have black transfer printing with polychrome decorations. The polychrome adds tremendous value to it. Then we have a big flag. Not just a little flag, not obscured where we have to guess that it might be an American flag, with a naval officer standing there and these verses going around the top and the bottom of the piece. We turn it around the other side here and there are these great portraits. We have Samuel Adams for S.A. and John Hancock on this side here. Two great subjects. And on the top here is actually a memorial to George Washington. Now, the jug should date to about 1800. George Washington died in 1799 and it's certainly difficult to know specifically what the jug was made to commemorate, but that time frame would fit in perfectly with the jug. Condition is wonderful. It has a little bit of staining overall to the piece, and that can be professionally removed. But these jugs are so susceptible to chips and to cracks and also to some fading and damage to the transfer print. This is about as clean a jug as you could possibly have. Now, they made the jug in different sizes, and this is not the largest size, but it's perhaps one size below the largest-sized jug. At a good auction, this will bring easily in the range of $5,000 to $7,000.
GUEST: That's wonderful.
APPRAISER: Makes you wonder what else was in the barn.
GUEST: Yeah, exactly right.
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