We are very pleased to present this spectacular 7.5 X 6.5 X 12.25" tall hand painted and transfer portrait tankard pitcher from the Edward J. Owen China Co of Minerva, Ohio ca. 1905-1915. Our gorgeous pitcher is finished in the deep brown graduating to yellow of the Avon Faience Co., and is enhanced with the traditional Greek dolphin dragon handle, representing one of the dolphins that pulled the chariot of Poseidon, the God of the sea. There is also splendid sculpted relief accents, that differentiates Edward Owen pieces from other potters. The base carries the first Medieval helmet (ala Warwick China), Gold Medal / St. Louis mark, with the underlined Owen Minerva only used from 1905-1915. Our substantial tankard weigh in at 5 pounds. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx The J. Edward Owen China Co was founded in Minerva, Ohio & operated from 1902 to 1932, succumbing to the Great Depression. Owen China was immediately known for its outstanding quality semi porcelain, as after only two short years in production, Owen won a Gold medal for the Best Domestic Semi Porcelain at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. The Swastika Keramos pottery line was introduced by the Owen China Company in 1906 (along with calendar plates), and was produced only for a short period of time, with historical evidence placing the production ending by 1908. Most examples of Swastika Keramos are marked with a raised seal mark similar to the Roseville Rozane wafer mark. The line has no connection to historical events, other than the salute to the ancient Chinese lucky symbol WAN. It has been rumored that Swastika Keramos was developed by John Lessell, who was the design genius at Weller Pottery, and is best known for his development of the valuable Weller LaSa line.