Antique Circa 1825 Pair English Staffordshire Sheep Lamb Figurines English Country Decor
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Here is a beautiful pair of early salt glazed stoneware English Staffordshire sheep / Ram and lamb figurines.
Salt glaze pottery is usually stoneware with a glaze of glossy, translucent and slightly orange-like texture which was formed by throwing common salt into the kiln during the higher temperature part of the firing process. Sodium from the salt reacts with silica in the clay body to form a glassy coating. The glaze may be colorless or may be colored various shades of brown blue, or purple depending on the oxide used.
Most Staffordshire figures made from 1740 to 1900 were produced by small potteries and makers' marks are generally absent.
There is a raised marking on the back of each which reads “Salt”
Measures approximately 5 1/4" tall, 4 1/4" wide, and are 2 3/4" deep
Condition: Some damage; chip to horn, chips to ears, paint flaking and I believe these originally had a tree trunk behind them, probably with flowers, broken off. You can see this if you look closely in the overhead pictures. They still display very well and is is not unusual to find these this old with some repair or damage. They are nearly 200 years OLD!!!