Hampshire Pottery, Matte Green Tankard, Arts & Crafts Handle~~ - For Sale
Hampshire Pottery, Matte Green Tankard, Arts & Crafts Handle~~
For Sale is a nice utilitarian piece of Art Pottery made by The Hampshire Pottery Company of Keene, NH. The item is called a "Tankard" or "Stein" and it is done in Hampshire Pottery's most famous Matte Green Glaze. The Tankard stands 5 3/8" tall and is 4 3/4" wide outside handle measurement. The piece is 3 5/8" in diameter at the foot.
The Stein displays a very nice matt green glaze. It has nice even color throughout. The Style of the Tankard is very much Arts and Crafts. You have a embossed Arts and Crafts pattern at the top lip and bottom edge. The applied handle screams Arts and Crafts the whole way. The handle attaches to the body in two places gives this piece the added strength in this area that it needs. There are two scroll designs at the top and bottom of the handle. The matte green glaze rolls over the top lip into the tankard revealing its white water proofed glaze inside.
The Stein is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. In fact this is one of the cleanest Steins I have ever owned. It appears to have never been used and spent most of its life in a Cabinet. The piece is signed on the bottom with the Impressed "JST & CO. KEENE, NH." and "HAMPSHIRE" block letters mark. There is also the mold number "37" done in raised relief as well as the letter M in a circle. Hampshire Pottery with the M in a circle Mark was used from 1904-1914 during Cadmon Robertson's tenure. This mark was used to honor his wife "Emoretta". She was the Sister of the Founder of Hampshire Pottery, James Scollay Taft. This is the first time that I have had all the marks Hampshire Pottery used to mark their wares. You usually don't see the JST mark with the M in a circle mark at the same time.
Hampshire started producing Matte Glazes in 1891. This was 7 years earlier than their main Competitor Grueby Faience of Boston, Mass. Hampshire Pottery resembles the style of Grueby but were much more affordable as they were mold made pieces as opposed to hand thrown. This the nickname "Poor Mans Grueby" was given to this line by the Grueby Pottery collectors. The pottery closed after Cadmon Robertson's death and reopened again in 1916. They produced Art Pottery until 1917 and then they focused on Dinnerware for Hotels and Restaurants along with Souvenirs until 1923 when Hampshire Pottery Closed permanently.
This will make a wonderful addition to any matte Pottery collection of Art Pottery and would look great on that Stickley Mission Arts and Crafts Bookcase.