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Shaker 4 1/2" h 4" w salt 2h 2 3/4" across. Appears to be yellow pottery. White glaze flow blue hand painted decoration painter directly on the white. The shaker has a metal top that I do not believe was made to be removed. It does have an old cork in the bottom. Has anyone ever seen anything similar to these two pieces?


Mocha decorated pottery

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Mocha decorated pottery is a type of dipped ware (slip-decorated, lathe-turned, utilitarian earthenware), mocha or mochaware, in addition to colored slip bands on white and buff-colored bodies, is adorned with dendritic (tree-like or branching) markings resembling the natural geological markings on moss agate, known as "mocha stone" in Great Britain in the late 18th century. The stone was imported from Arabia through the port of Mocha (al Mukha in Yemen) from whence came large supplies of coffee. An unknown potter or turner discovered that by dripping a colored acidic solution into wet alkaline slip on a pot body, the color would instantly ramify into the dendritic random markings that fit into the tradition of imitating geological surfaces prevalent in the potteries of that period. The earliest known dated example (1799) is a mug in the collection of the Christchurch Mansion Museum in Ipswich, England. Archival references are known that suggest production began as early as 1792.

Manufactured by potteries throughout Great Britain, France, and North America, mocha was the cheapest decorated ware available. Most British production went to export whereas France and North America manufactured for the home markets. Archaeological finds throughout the eastern United States suggest that mocha was used in taverns and homes, from lowly slave quarters to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and Poplar Forest. After the mid 19th century, British imports waned, with those potteries still making mocha concentrating on government-stamped capacity-verified measures (jugs and mugs) for use in pubs and markets. North American product was based entirely on yellow or buff-colored bodies banded in black with broad white slip bands on which the dendritic markings appeared. Some British makers used yellow-firing clay, too, but the bulk of the wares were based on white bodies, the earliest being creamware and pearlware, while later, heavier and thicker bodies resembled ironstone, known best to archaeologists simply as "whiteware".

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The holes look larger - perhaps a sugar shaker. 


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Base both. Thanks Donna, I thought it might be sugar or cheese or a spice like cinnamon. Not certain the one is an open salt but wasn't able to think of what else it would be for. My real interest is finding out where it was made and when. Perhaps by which company. Ohio river maybe? Also, noted crazing. Any more thoughts?

I think this is antique "mocha wear" Yellow wear with feather decoration - USA

Yes! Vicki you are correct! Mochaware or mocha ware. I knew there was a name for it. I just couldn't remember what it was, and yes, I believe it is from North America. What I was reading it is very collectible as few pieces seem to have survived. Now I have something to study while I lay up. Thanks again. If anyone has any to ahare I would love to see them posted here!

this is a pepper  shaker/pot

look on pinterest theres  a few examples  there

Thanks Paula! I found some great links with the term 'pepper pots', also pepper shaker pots. I will share them when I can get back to the PC.

How wide are those holes?  They look much too large for a pepper shaker unless it is for peppercorns.

Hi Betty, I will check for you when I can. But that is exacrly what they are! What I found interesting on these is how the decoration was applied to the slip and what it was made from. I will share more later.
New image for Betty. The holes appear to vary in size.

Although I found the entire article a good read (at the link below), I was particularly drawn to this section  regarding the decoration. " Pieces were first coated in a runny mixture of clay and water known as “slip”; then a tea made of tobacco juice, turpentine, hops, and purportedly urine was applied. The resulting chemical reaction formed delicate dendritic patterns in the glaze. Other designs were painted, scratched, or stamped on with fingers, brushes, or objects, resulting in a multitude of layers and colors. Such techniques lent a haphazard ease and fluidity to these straightforward objects.


And of course this catches the eye also. "Owing to daily use, few examples of mochaware have survived over the years, making it a rare American collectible. The simplest, smallest forms fetch hundreds of dollars; large multicolored wares go for as much as five figures."

http://www.marthastewart.com/915932/making-mochaware-pottery Fun to watch the Mochaware reproductions.


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