Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Arthur Wood Shakespeare Pitcher

I went to a mission thrift store last week, and was taken by this pitcher. At first I thought "wow, that's rather ugly!" But then I looked closer, and I was intrigued. It is rather unusual. The band around the middle William Shakespeare Tercentenary 1564 - 1864. So I wondered whether this little jug could possibly be that old. I truly didn't think so, but the more I looked at it, the more I liked it, despite its over-the-top ornamentation. So I bought it for $2.99. I tired researching this pitcher online, and didn't find much, except for one site that said the mark on the bottom was used from 1954+. So I think my hunch was right it's not very old...it is probably just a reproduction of something made in the actual tercentenary. The lady at the store said it was donated with a tattered bouquet of dried flowers in it. But it does have some lovely crazing, and looks right at home next to my unmarked antique-show-jug.

4 comments:

  1. Hi there! Thanks for the welcome back to blogland. This pitcher is gorgeous! What a find, even if it isn't that old, it's great. Hope you're having a great summer!

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  2. I have an almost identical jug in blue with no markings, also finding it hard to get information about it! Could this also be an Arthur Moore jug or perhaps an original? Do you have any more information? Certainly beautiful!

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  3. With regard to Natasha's query, it is definitely Arthur Wood, and probably reproduced by them for the quatercentenary in 1964.
    I have a green one, and was aware of blue ones, but haven't seen white before. Interesting to note the comment about crazing:- I had it in my bedroom, and could hear it pinging as the glaze crazed soon after it was new.

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  4. Anon, thanks so much for the info! Green or blue versions would be pretty! I love the crazing on mine.

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