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Sewer Tile Sewer Pipe Pottery Folk Art Antique Match Holder with Incised Striker

Sewer Pipe Pottery Folk Art Antique Match Holder with Incised by hand striker.  Stamped of Impressed "MATCHES" on front.  Collection Jim Linderman Dull Tool Dim Bulb

Sewer Tile Pottery Stoneware Lion Antique Stoneware.

A folky Sewer Tile Reclining Lion.  Large head and mane, short body.  No marks, origin unknown.  Early 20th Century collection Jim Linderman

Sewer Tile Pottery End of the Day Match Holder Tree Stump Ohio Antique

A rudimentary handmade sewer tile match holder.  Primitive.  It is surprising to see the company stamp "Armstrong Sewer Pipe Cincinnati" on the base.  Normally, identified pieces have a bit more style.  Unusual amateur adaption of a common sewer tile motif.

Collection Jim Linderman

DEVIL Sewer Pipe Sewer Tile End of the Day Folk Art Devil 19th Century Antique

A very old folk art devil missing his horns.  This piece has rolled around and been kicked for a century!  Not only are the horns broken off, but every "high point" has been worn off and the glaze missing.  The author knows of no more than four examples of sewer tile pottery of the devil and all have lost their horns.  It is interesting to consider the devil is a common motif of face jug makers past and present...but few sewer tile pieces exist.  

19th Century Folk Art Sewer Tile Devil c. 1890 - 1920.  Collection Jim Linderman

Sewer Pipe Sewer Tile Dog Dish Signed and Dated Folk Art Pottery

A large water dish of sewer tile clay for a dog.  Signed "HFD 1943" and weighing several pounds.  Unusual bold date indicates the practice of making individual objects at the end of the day extended well into the 20th Century.
Collection Jim Linderman 

Sewer Tile Pottery Folk Art "End of the Day" work by mastermaker Wilbur A. Baker Artist

A piece illustrated (along with others by Wilbur A. Baker) illustrated in the landmark book on Ohio Sewer Pipe Folk Art by Jack E. Adamson 1973 page.  Adamson includes a photograph of the artist, and calls him a man who was "...most of all interested in pleasing other people with clay surprises."  Adamson also claims "of all sewer pipe artists, he was the best."  

Additional documentation appears as signed by the artist on the base.  "Made by Wilbur Baker April 12 1941 Gnaudenhutten, Ohio. 

Baker used light, fine clay for this piece which resulted in a smooth sculpture much refined over most rough and primitive "end of day" pieces.  Gnadenhutten is Ohio's oldest settlement.  Native Americans made pottery there first!

Sewer Tile Pottery Holder by Wilbur A. Baker 1941 Collection Jim Linderman