Another beautiful fall day in Illinois and it seemed the best way to spend it was to go to the Sandwich Antique Show -- the last of the year. This is a long running show and we have bought some great pieces of furniture there in the past. Over the last few years, word was that it had become more of a mediocre flea market than antique show and since we were living out of state, it had been 10 years since we last attended. I am so glad that I went back today to give it another try because it was a very up-scale show with dealers from all over the mid-west -- many with primitive items -- my favorite! While many of the prices were high, the quality was good and the selections were better than I can usually find in our local shops. The show is under new management so things will continue to improve and the dealers that I spoke with seemed very happy about the changes.
I was on the hunt for another salt-glazed crock with the stinger design and I was lucky enough to find one! I already have the 3 Gal. and 4 Gal. size so wanted something different and here is my find of the day.
This was made by the Minnesota Stoneware Company and was the forerunner of Red Wing Pottery. I think this was made late 1880's early 1890's and was used as a field jug taking water to the farmers and their helpers working in the fields and bringing in the harvest. I love that the number and bee with stinger are hand painted and have survived for over 120 years.
Wonder how many more sizes I can find to add to my collection? I love the hunt!