Mason's Ironstone (English, 1813-1973), Robert Hamilton (English, 1811–1826), first quarter 19th century. Two blue and white earthenware platters, one by Mason's in the "Blue Pheasant" pattern and the other platter attributed to Hamilton with "well & tree" in the "Canton River" aka "Chinese Junk and Pagodas" pattern. Mason's platter with impressed "REAL IRONSTONE CHINA" and in blue underglaze "MASON'S" above crown and banner with "PATENT IRONSTONE CHINA" and "Ashworths" underneath. Approximate height 1.75", width 19", depth 14.5". Hamilton platter apparently unmarked. Approximate height 2.37", width 18.5", depth 14.5". Provenance: Property from the Private Collection of Mrs. Nancy Rutledge Pogue, Blufton, South Carolina (wife of Mr. William Pogue, who served as an heir to the H. & S. Pogue Company department store chain based in Cincinnati, Ohio).
Hamiliton: some glaze pops overall, and a possible area of old repair to front. Some surface scratching overall, likely from drainer to front. Some crazing to glaze. Reverse with flanking to glaze, and possible areas of repair/inpainting. Chip to reverse. Losses to rim and foot overall, with abrasion to where drainer basin meets table. Mason's: Some glaze pops overall. Area of composite or putty filled repair to reverse. Expected shelf wear. Chips to rim of underside and scratching. Glaze imperfections to underside. Scratching to surface from utensils, with some firing cracks.
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