MastroNet December 2005
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Few of these patriotic "Union" pitchers are known to exist, and among surviving examples, this one has few rivals in aesthetic appeal. The principal transfer, portraying President George Washington flanked by unidentified revolutionaries, is Near Mint. The remainder of the pitcher is essentially Near Mint as well, boasting its resilient original vanilla hue with only mere wisps of surface wear providing any noticeable indication of the two-century-plus perseverance of this rare piece. A small amount of professional restoration to the spout is practically imperceptible without focused scrutiny, and is mentioned only in the interest of descriptive precision. The bulbous-shaped pitcher stands 9" in height. On the Washington transfer, the three men clutch a pole with a "Liberty" cap, as text above and below reads, "UNION to the PEOPLE of AMERICA" and "CIVIL and RELIGIOUS LIBERTY To All Mankind"—all of which is encircled by religious and botanical symbolism. A transfer on the reverse displays the words "PEACE PLENTY and INDEPENDENCE" within a "Linked States" design, which is then surrounded on three sides by a pair of female figures, various military weaponry, horns of plenty, a U.S. flag, and a Bald Eagle. Beneath the spout appears a third image: the nation's recognizable eagle/shield emblem. This spectacular display item was beautiful during Washington's presidency and remains so to this day. A simply breathtaking piece celebrating our independence only a few years after its declaration!
Exceedingly Rare Circa 1790 George Washington "Union to the People of America" Liverpool Pitcher
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