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Antique Victorian Blue & White Botanical Floral Transferware Pitcher


Brand Ridgways

Absolutely stunning antique was pitcher by American potter Edwin Bennett

This antique water pitcher was manufactured Circa 1890-1920 during a period known as the Aesthetic Movement.  Originally it was probably part of a bath set to include a slop pail, a shaving mug, a razor box, a chamber pot (will be listed soon), soap dish.  These pieces are beautiful reminders of past times, whether you use for display in your bathroom, bedroom or repurpose as a utensil holder or other use elsewhere in the home.  When I put fresh flowers or greenery in my antique pitchers I normally line them with a plastic bag and fill it with water and then put the flowers in. 

Decorated on both sides, in and out of the spout and accented with relief scrolling around the handle and outside of the spout.

Marked on bottom (though is very blurry and cannot really be made out just by looking at it) “Bona Fama Est Melior Zona Aurea Alba China” around a globe pierced with a sword through the United States on the guard of which the initials of the company appear.  The phrase “Bona Fama Est Melior Zona Aurea” is a French expression that translates in English to "A good reputation is better than a golden belt".  The Edwin Bennett was in Baltimore MD until around the beginning of WW11

Measures: appx 7 1/4" tall

Condition: no chips or cracks. Remarkably good condition with no chips, cracks

I have also listed a matching chamber pot and huge pitcher that would go in a wash basin (shown last photo with white hydrangeas and roses)