This old “tried and true” milk bowl identified by the pronounced outer rim was a utilitarian piece of stoneware that could be found in any farmhouse. I added an old wooden spoon along with a small treenware bowl filled with early peas and onions. It rests inside a wire support hung over the edge. All of these items are included!
There is some controversy regarding “Albany Slip” glaze. Some people identify Albany Slip stoneware pieces as possessing a dark, rich chocolate brown glaze while others consider the clay that was found in Albany, New York to be authentic using this name. According to Duane from “Doc’s Crocks”, if stoneware pieces have a brown glaze inside they are considered Albany slip. Most of the Albany clay was used to create the slip lending an impervious surface and is considered glacial clay found in a pit.
Originally rich deposits of clay were found in the Albany Hudson River region of New York state. This clay is darker and has intricate mineralogy with high levels of alkalis and irons. Around 1830 this particular clay acted as a substitute for the dangerous lead glaze that was being used for crocks or storage jars which contained earthy provisions. People became sick from this lead glaze as stored pickles for example, were tainted from the lead used in the glaze for these storage vessels.
Potters have used this clay for over 250 years as this area was an active pottery-making region. By the 1840’s almost 60 potters produced and sold pottery in and around the city of Albany. Another important feature is numerous glaze variations were formulated using Albany slip clay (slip clay is a naturally occurring clay that forms a glaze) as the minor or major ingredient.
This unmarked milk bowl is in good condition without any cracks to report. There are a couple chips to note……one located on the bottom edge that occurred long ago as shown in image 10 and the other is on the outer edge just below the bottom rim, see image 8. Several tiny areas on the outside of this piece got missed when the glaze was applied as referenced in images 4, 5 & 6.
Four curved lines that resemble a fingernail mishap are located on the pronounced rim (middle area) as shown in images 4 & 5. There is also an area near the bottom that has tiny bubbles which formed during the firing process clustered together as referenced in image 5. Some age related scratches can also be found on the outside but are random and don’t show until bright light comes into play, see image 7. The overall condition of the bowl is still good and the reflective, chocolate brown, deep surface is beautiful. The form is also great because this piece resembles a flower pot shape rather than a traditional style bowl.
Harry made the wire support to hold a diminutive, old wooden bowl. Small bowls such as this one are hard to find and are as cute as the dickens! The patina is warm and pleasing. You can fill this bowl with small holiday greens and berries or wee pumpkins can be added for autumn decorating as well.
The vintage, wooden spoon has whispers of painted green, wispy lines along with a washed out red center line located on the upper portion of the handle in the front as referenced in image 21. It is a mystery as to what this design originally was? The deep, thick bowl reminds me of a tasting spoon and the warm, light color could indicate this spoon was fashioned from maple. The back of the bowl does have some dark areas located in a horizontal position as shown in image 23. This piece is smooth from years of use. There is also a tiny black spot the size of a pin head located on the back of the handle, see image 24. No chips or cracks are present. The size and color are a great match for the dark and luscious bowl.
This gathering would feel very comfortable set in a pantry, inside a cupboard or placed on a farmhouse table with a piece of homespun underneath! I can also envision crisp red apples housed inside or what about using this piece to hold a collection of rolling pins, butter paddles or spoons too! You can also turn the wire insert for the bowl around so it is facing the outside of the bowl as an option……this way your treen collections can be placed inside if you so choose. Enjoy!
The bowl stands 5 ¼” tall, measures a little over 7” across the top (right to left) and measures a little under 5” across the bottom. Small bowl stands 1” tall measures 2 ½” across the top (right to left) and measures 1 ¾” across the bottom (right to left). Wire insert opening measures 2 ½” across the top opening (right to left) and the hanger stands 1 ½” tall. Wooden spoon measures 9 ½” tall from the tip of the handle to the bottom of the bowl, bowl itself measures 2 ¾” tall and measures 2” across (width), upper handle measures 1” across @ the widest point.
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