This Frankoma Pottery 2 quart pitcher with an ice guard is in the Mayan-Aztec pattern; Frankoma started making dinnerware in this pattern in 1942. The complex molded design consists of a variety of hieroglyphic style symbols drawn from both the Mayan and Aztec writings. Referring to these cultures, the 1949 catalog stated, “These two cultures embody the greatest achievements in Indian Art and cover about 15 centuries of development. It is through the inspiration of this wealth of beauty that FRANKOMA has created its new Mayan-Aztec line of tableware.”
What’s interesting about this pitcher is that we have never seen one in the Black Onyx color before—we’re sure there must be others out there, but we haven’t run across them. It is 8 inches tall, 10 ½ inches from outermost point of the handle to outermost point of the spout. The mouth is not symmetrical and is 5 ½ inches measured the one way across and 4 ½ inches measured the other way. There is a flake off the clear glaze at the bottom edge, so it shows matte black there. About 2 inches from that on the bottom rim there is a fleabite where the red clay is showing. The pitcher weighs a solid 3 pounds and the overall condition is great.
Frankoma made this spectacular pitcher starting in 1949* with locally dug red clay from Sapulpa, Oklahoma. The color of the clay can be clearly seen on the unglazed rim of the pitcher’s bottom. The maker’s mark, which is impressed in the glazed part on the bottom, reads Frankoma and the mold number 70B. Frankoma Pottery was founded in Oklahoma in 1933 by John Frank (thus the name Frank + oma). Their pottery is avidly collected and appreciated. This pitcher looks like a piece of art pottery and is also a use-it-everyday pitcher.
* Information from FrankomaCollector.com, Mayan-Aztec Mold Index