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Marc

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Hi there all,

I just picked up this plated water pitcher, made by Reed & Barton, with a date mark of 1953. It has a high relief face on both sides and has a marked capacity (on the bottom) of 7 hp (half pints) or almost 2 quarts. It looks like an early "Kool Aid" face, but a friend mentioned that there was a name for this other than a "face" pitcher. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks much.
Marc

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dragonflywink

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Looks like a silver version of Royal Doulton's John Barleycorn Toby jug. Nice!

Cheryl ;o)

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carlaz

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What a fabulous find! I have had the pleasure of coming across a similar water pitcher in my travels. When I purchased it, the seller told me that the water pitcher would 'cry' due to condensation caused by the ice water. She stated that tears would well up in the pitchers "eyes" and travel down the face. Unfortunately, I did not have the water pitcher long enough to test out the theory.

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carlaz

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I couldn't resist doing more research on this one! The water pitcher was produced by Reed & Barton (as you well knew). I have found it listed in a 1962-1963 catalog for the whopping price of $42.50. The name/description of this pitcher in the catalog is "Sunny Jim". Now, the identity of "Sunny Jim" must have been someone, right?

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Marc

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iconnumber posted 08-13-2005 11:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi guys,

A woman came up to me at a show last week and snatched it off the table. It seems that she purchased one at Sacks in New York in the mid 1980's, and when she tried to purchase another in 1995, they were out of production.

I did ask her what she paid 20 years ago, but she said she did not remember. At any rate, she did buy mine for her son who had wanted hers forever.

Thanks for the help..

Marc

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Brent

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These pitchers were made for a very long time, but seemingly in limited quantities. I think it originated back in the 1st 1/4 of the 20th C., as I saw a quite old one once, but I recall seeing a new one for sale at Gump's in San Francisco in 1996 or so. I wonder if Reed & Barton could tell you the whole story?

Brent

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Dale

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It has never been clear why this production was so limited, but it was. AIR, the design was taken from a ceramic pitcher made by a major Aesthetic art pottery company, most likely English. This is sort of thin gruel, but it is what I know.

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Richard Kurtzman
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The pottery company was English: Martin Brothers, working from some time in the early 1870s to about 1915. They were noted for their grotesque and unusual pieces.

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asheland

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Nice!

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