A simply fabulous sample of Spongeware vessels, wares, and figurals.
Simply the best !!!!
and some Great Rolling Pins !!
and coffee and tea pots
Blue & White Pottery and Stoneware of the early 20th Century.
Some nice samples of that wonderful Blue and White stoneware ..............that we so love and cherish !
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Convention Seminar 2014
The White Hall, Ill Pottery Center
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WHITE HALL FIGURALS / SPECIALTY
WHITE HALL KITCHEN WARES
The varieties of Blue & White stoneware pieces are almost endless and include pitchers, bowls, salt and butter tubs, kitchen canisters, water coolers, rolling pins, bread jars, cake jars, umbrella stands, chamber pots (thunder mugs), slop jars (combinetts), and other items. Many of these pieces are elaborately decorated with embossed scenes or designs such as forests, birds, animals, people, and flowers. These highly sought after pieces are lovely art designs in their own right. Many are now quite popular and cherished objects to many collectors.
From about 1900 to the 1940s, embossed Blue & White, Blue & Gray, Spongeware, Uhl, Sleepy Eye and other stoneware was a standard component of many American households. It was a regular product line manufactured by many potteries around the American Midwest. These potteries manufactured various Stoneware items to fill a broad range of kitchen, storage, sanitation, personal hygiene, and other needs.
Several retail stores usually carried a variety of Stoneware lines in their sales catalogs. However, many pieces were purchased directly from local general stores and some were usually available as "GIVEAWAYS" - buy a bag of flour and a piece of Stoneware was included. Occasionally, the piece had promotional advertising on it. Advertising pieces are now very collectable.
For information regarding the Blue & White Pottery and Old Sleepy Eye Collectors Club, please contact any board member.
OFFICIAL WEB SITE
Spectacular Robin nest bank figural, adorned by blue robin eggs. Cobalt inscriptions "I.L.W. / January 23 rd / 1892"