STAMPED "HAMILTON / & CO. / GREENSBORO / PA.", PENNSYLVANIA DECORATED STONEWARE JAR, salt-glazed, "6" gallon capacity mark, ovoid form with incised rings below the grooved arched handles, beaded neck, and flat-top rounded rim, Albany-slip glazed interior. Bold brushed cobalt horizontal spitting-tulips decoration covering the front, additional cobalt at handle terminals. The pottery of James Hamilton. Circa 1850-1860. 16 1/4" H, 9 1/4" D rim. Published: Schaltenbrand - Old Pots: Salt-Glazed Stoneware of the Greensboro-New Geneva Region, p. 11, full page; and Schaltenbrand - Big Ware Turners, p. 152, lower left (incorrectly recorded stamp). Provenance: The collection of Ronnie and Neal Kite of Esmont, VA. Catalogue Note: Schaltenbrand comments in the first reference above that this jar represents the earliest work of James Hamilton and notes that it is rare.
Excellent condition, two minor flakes to inner rim, light hairline to body below one handle, very minor spider hairline to reverse.