‘EAGLE, SCROLL IN BEAK,’ RARE STAFFORDSHIRE DARK BLUE TRANSFER-PRINTED JUG OF MELON FORM, WILLIAM ADAMS IV & SONS, STOKE, 1829-35.
Printed under the spout with a displayed eagle bearing a shield on its breast and clutching a laurel branch and brace of arrows, the banner in its beak inscribed “E. PLURIBUS UNUM,” the sides with a large flower and floral spray, impressed factory and potter’s marks. Height 6 ½ inches.
Provenance: William & Teresa Kurau Antiques, Lampeter, Pennsylvania, December 8, 1996; CSS, December 8, 1996, lot 58; Ex-collection Mr. and Mrs. James Gabell.This pattern is only found on jugs of several different sizes and shapes; the melon form is the rarest.