Fancy Ware Pig Bottle

Date: ca 1887 - 1903

The Eberly pottery line called Fancy Ware included this bottle in the shape of a pig.  The bottle was likely a flask to carry and keep liquor or some other liquid close at hand.  Domestic and farm animals have always been important in the Valley, and so it is not surprising that the animal theme appears in the ceramic tradition of the region.  Anthony Bacher and the Bell potters also used animal motifs on their pottery.  Perhaps their work influenced the Eberly potter who made this little pig.

Medium: Earthenware, with lead, copper manganese, and iron oxide glaze

Dimensions: H: 4 x W: 7 1/2 x D: 4 in.

Place: Strasburg, Virginia (attributed)

Accession: 2010.0004.7

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Ceramics - Earthenware

Tags: Lead , Copper , Manganese , Iron , Oxide , Glaze

Purchased in 2010.