STAMPED "J. M. HICKERSON / STRASBURG VA.", SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA DECORATED STONEWARE PITCHER, salt-glazed, "2" gallon capacity mark, baluster-form body with beaded shoulder, cylindrical neck with two incised rings, delicate rounded rim, strap handle, and flared foot. Brushed cobalt dropped-flower and feather decoration off shoulder and horizontal tulip decorations flanking spout, additional cobalt dashes down spout and around handle terminals. The pottery of James M. Hickerson (1833-1902). Circa 1880-1900. 14" H, 6 1/4" D rim. Literature: Parallels Comstock - Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, p. 301, fig. 5.290. Stamp as ibid, p. 299, fig. 5.279. Capacity mark as ibid, p. 300, fig. 5.281. Provenance: The collection of Ronnie and Neal Kite of Esmont, VA.
Excellent condition, rim with two shallow top-edge chips and a shallow chip to spout, foot with a chip to reverse and two flakes.