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Post by jakeb573 on December 30th 2015, 8:45 pm

My grandfather found this back in the 70's or so... was found under sand/dirt of a dried up river, near the ocean, in Massachusetts. It has a finger print on the side (we think, at least). It's brown, with the top section being a little darker. Thanks!







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Post by jakeb573 on December 30th 2015, 9:12 pm

oh and he saw one on tv once that looked nearly identical, and they said it was Egyptian... just sayin..
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Post by carlos32golf on December 30th 2015, 10:22 pm

Looks like a stoneware flagon 18th or 19th century.
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Post by jakeb573 on December 30th 2015, 10:28 pm

wow, yea, it does look like it is. thanks for the lead!

thanks in advance to anyone else!
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Post by studio-pots on December 30th 2015, 11:18 pm

It is very similar to stoneware vessels made in the UK and other parts of Europe but I suspect that it was made locally in the 19th century.

They were mass produced in that jobbing potters would throw hundreds in a day, as they were paid per item made rather than hours worked.

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Post by Mordeep on January 1st 2016, 12:53 am

If you father found this in a river in Massachusetts then you have a 95% chance that its from that area. I managed to catch a show on TV a while back about American primitive pottery and the huge amount of local potters they had making items for the local communities. The shape is very traditional and has been made for centuries across the world. I doubt this was imported. It appears to be mid 19th century or earlier and basic. Back then the sea going trade was for luxuries and goods you could not obtain yourself. So it would make no sense to import a heavy bottle the guy down the road could make. Funnily enough though its probably worth more as an early American item than a European one. If you can tie in a local community and potter near to the place it was found then I think it will be very cool item to have.

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