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Circa 1870s, (after Webster left the employ of B.Y. Craven, he likely executed this jug while working in Randolph County), salt glazed stoneware with double lip over a slim neck, tapered ovoid form with applied arched grooved strap handle, finely decorated with an incised hook-winged bird on a branch, the capacity within a circle at the shoulder above the bird and over the ring turnings, allover desirable orange peel effect to the salt-glaze along with fly ash.
11 1/4 x 6 3/4 in.Private Collection, Concord, North Carolina
Chester Webster's early training in Hartford, CT is evident in the characteristics of this jug as well as the influence of the Fox family of potters, living just miles down the road. The jug, which was made during the most creative and productive period of his tenure, exhibits the use of an encircled stamp for capacity, not seen on his work prior to leaving Mr. Craven.
Similar example found in "The Webster's School of Folk Pottery" by Quincey Scarborough, fig.133.
Restoration to spout, rim and handle; scratch across the capacity mark; quartz pop on handle and to right of handle; under-the-surface quartz to the right of the bird; three prong indentation. Underside with quartz pop and flake.