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    John Adams: Extremely Rare, Massive Liverpool Pottery Pitcher as President. Perhaps the novelty had worn off after the profusion and variety of Washington vessels churned out by the factories of Liverpool to feed the hungry American market. Or perhaps Adams, despite his distinguished career, was less beloved. In any case, Liverpool pieces for our second president are infinitely rarer than those for the first. We can think of only two different Adams portrait transfers, and suspect that there are not more than eight or ten Adams pitchers in political hobby hands. The present example is 10.5" tall and very massive. It was apparently made to order for "N. Glover", whose name appears on the side (it was not uncommon for people to select particular motifs and custom order these valued possessions). It has had the benefit of an outstanding professional restoration, and now displays in near-mint condition. In this rare instance, we had the opportunity to study the piece before it was restored, and so can detail the nature of the work, usually rendered all but undetectable when Liverpool pieces are restored. The pitcher had fairly extensive age browning on the surface, now completely eliminated (most collectors would be surprised to know what a huge, high percentage of Liverpool pieces had such browning before being cleaned). There were several breaks, now virtually invisible, but no serious breakage or missing pieces. There was also some shallow surface pitting, fortunately not affecting the transfer, which has been completely eliminated. The result is a gleaming beauty, with tremendous display presence. The large transfer features Adams surrounded by figures representing Liberty, Justice and Prosperity. Below: "John Adams, President of the United States of America". Only the third Adams pitcher we have ever handled. From the collection of U. I. "Chick" Harris.

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    August, 2008
    5th Tuesday
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