WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA MERCHANT'S STENCILED STONEWARE JAR, salt-glazed, designated eight-gallon capacity, semi-ovoid form with flat-top rounded rim, beaded neck ring, applied arched handles, Albany-slip glazed interior. Stenciled cobalt "Wm HASLAGE / & CO. / GROCERS AND TEA / DEALERS. / No. 18 Diamon[d] / PITTSBURGH, / PA." and "8" below, brushed cobalt floral foliated vine-like design above, wavy line below rim, stripe above base, and additional dashed line designs flanking stencil, reverse having stenciled flower and foliate design with "HAMILTON & JONES / GREENSBORO, PENN." below. Circa 1875. 18 7/8" H, 7" D rim.
Catalogue Note: William Haslage was born in Germany in 1827. In 1845 and only in his late teens, Haslage founded his own grocery company. Located in Diamond Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh, William Haslage & Company grew to be the largest retailer in the city. In 1880, Haslage joined with his son, William Crist, forming William Haslage & Son. Regrettably, the elder Haslage died in December 1881, leaving his son as sole proprietor.
Very good condition having an approximately 5 1/2" L area of restoration to rim and a hairline extending from base.
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From the collection of Dr. William and Susan Cale, Harrisonburg, VA.