During your next bottle show, make sure you take some time to check out those stoneware crocks, jugs and bottles. Three Ginger Beers: “John Mine-Brewed – Ginger Beer- Stonehaven”; “Sussex Mineral Springs Ld.-Old English Ginger Beer-Sussex New Brunswick”; “Gurd’s Stone-Ginger Beer- The Perfect Drink- (All Canadian) 1880-1910 -30/EA Two –Handled Advertising Oyster Jars – “E. Gowen & Son-Oysters & Clams –Locust Street Market- Dover N. While attending bottle shows and talking with fellow collectors, I always check out the various varieties of the dealer offerings.While most of these conversations focus on glass, there never seems to be a lot of discussion about crocks, stoneware, or pottery in general.While stoneware crocks, jugs, and bottles were manufactured with unique shapes, each company added its own customized painted and stenciled decorations, figural designs of flowering plants, patriotic scenes, historical scenes, houses, people, and animals, and folk art designs.These designs were highlighted by lustrous and glazed finishes with cobalt oxides, depicting unique stories and history.With the exception of stoneware bottles and handled jugs, which were easy to handle for the purpose of bottling different types of beverages and condiments, such as beers, ginger beer, ale, rum, cider, cream, milk, molasses, and vinegar, the larger jugs and crocks were cumbersome, bulky, and often heavy.
Then, in 1996, Red Wing Pottery reopened and continued until the end of 2013 when they were considering closing.And yet, there are great selections of unique varieties of pottery items being offered for sale at all of these shows.So, let’s give stoneware and crocks some deserved attention. Based on archeological discoveries, history shows that pottery from its earliest times was earthenware dating back as early as 29,000-25,000BC, and originating sometime during the Neolithic Period, or the last stage of the Stone Age.They ranged in size and volume from 1 quart to 25-plus gallons, which were stenciled on the item itself.In general they were utilized as water coolers, butter churns, and storage for various other food items such as pickled vegetables and salted meats products.These bottles also had colorful shoulder slips in tan, dark brown, green, cobalt blue, sky blue, purple, and red, with unique stamped-design logos depicting locomotives, animals, flags, coats of arms, and hunters, just to name a few.Earlier, I mentioned the article by Steve Ketcham about the Pottery Museum of Red Wing and wanted to provide some history of the Red Wing Stoneware Co. David Hallum founded the company and manufactured a varied and large variety of stoneware jars, jugs, and crocks from 1877-1906.Both town and its areas are located in the Bóbr and Kwisa rivers basin, which abounds with clay deposits (unique ones), which are suitable for stoneware product production, fired at a temperature 1280 °C.Moreover, the region of pottery capital abounds with clays used for glazing.Manufacturing method that has not been changed for hundreds of years provides unique characteristics of our pottery.Bolesławiec history has been closely related to pottery craft and ceramic industry since over 350 years.