Yellow Ware Batter Pitcher with Rockingham Glaze
This handsome yellow ware pitcher is covered with the brown glaze known as Rockingham. It's unmarked, as most Rockingham pieces were (the dark glaze obscured printed marks and filled in impressed ones, so there was little point in marking them). Rockingham ware is sometimes called "Bennington ware," referring to the town in Vermont that was home to the United States Pottery Company, which produced, among other things, Rockingham glazed pottery. However, since Rockingham wares were also produced in states like Ohio, New Jersey and Maryland, we are not calling this pitcher Bennington.
This pitcher has a wide serving spout for pouring batter, a pulled handle and a decorative molded band encircling it under the rim. It's a utilitarian piece that's been used, so it has a bit of minor chipping along the edge of the spout and some fine crazing. It's in good condition otherwise, with no cracks, hairlines, stains or other chips.
This yellow ware pitcher stands 7 1/4 inches tall, measures 6 1/4 inches across from the spout to the handle and weighs 2 pounds, 3 ounces. It's a fine antique piece made in the second half of the nineteenth century.