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.