We have found that this brown stoneware pitcher’s pattern has a variety of names: Art Deco, Embossed Diamonds, Quilted Diamonds, Greek Key, Navajo and Native American. The form is usually termed a batter pitcher as the wide spout allowed for easy pouring of thick batters.
The Western Stoneware Company was formed in 1906 as a merger of 7 pottery companies; one of those potteries was Monmouth pottery in Monmouth, Illinois. Western Stoneware made pottery under that name and the Monmouth Pottery name also. (See more information on this pottery at www.westernstoneware.com, under both “History” and “Gallery.”) Often items are identified as Monmouth Western Stoneware Pottery. We’ve seen many of these pitchers over the years and not one was marked.
This pitcher is 5 inches tall, 6 ½ inches across the widest point and has a 3 inch base (holds about 3 ½ cups.) No cracks, chips, nicks or discoloration, but it does have extra slip in two places on the upper rim. There is some crazing, glaze pops and a glaze crackle.
Useful, decorative and a nice addition to a stoneware collection…