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Sewer Pipe Folk Art Pottery Plaque of a Woman

Sewer Pipe Folk Art Pottery Plaque of a Woman.  Red clay, salt glazed and embellished by hand.  The border was formed by pressing a thumb into the clay. all the way around.  This piece was made "commercially" in that a mold was used, but there is no way to determine how many were made.  This piece was enhanced by the application of a pebble on the neck to represent necklace bauble.  A similar example, sans pebble, is illustrated in Sewer Pipe Folk Art by Jack Adamson.  There is a small, impressed logo of a seated potter under the woman's chin, but it is very hard to see. 9" x 13" 

Collection Jim Linderman / Dull Tool Dim Bulb

Sewer Pipe Pottery Vessel Planter with Heart and Inscription Folk Art

Sewer Pipe Pottery Vessel Planter with Heart and Inscription.  A fairly large piece, and one of three known.  Two other examples by the same hand appear in Adamson's Ohio Sewer Pipe Folk art.  All three are dated 1945.  This one to Dorothy, the others hand signed to "Anna" and "Harvey" with same form and size.  A worker making a group for his family?  Or someone commissioned?  Primitive named objects to be sold as Valentines?  Interestingly, this form resembles a torso with a heart in the center.  Likely Ohio origin. Collection Jim Linderman

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

Sewer Tile Primitive Match Safe End of the Day Folk Art Pottery

Massive Sewer Tile (actually BUILT on sewer tile) match safe.  Considerable age, with some embedded pebbles.  Used.  Unsigned, said to be from Pennsylvania.  Nearly 7 inches long and heavy.  A most primitive, fashioned by hand sculpture.

Pottery Folk Art Salesman Sample Presentation Piece Eagle National Sewer Pipe Company of Barberton, Ohio 1895

Salesman Sample Presentation Piece Eagle National Sewer Pipe Company of Barberton, Ohio.

The town of Barberton Ohio was founded by O. C. Barber, the man who owned  the Diamond Match company.  The town was created in 1891.  The National Sewer Pipe Company was founded in 1888.  Fifteen years later, the National Sewer Pipe company was up and running in the town with 325 employees.  Woked by, yes, immigants.

Barberton is shown here around the same time.  It doesn't look like a happening place, but it was.  Numerous chemical and clay operations were soon booming and the town attracted loads of hard-working folks from Europe to do the work.

The remarkable salesman sample (or more likely, a presentation piece?) can be dated circa 1895, as an advertisement they ran that year show the eagle on sewer pipe was a logo as well as a physical object.  I do not know how many of these pieces were produced, but certainly few exist today.  There is a nub on the left which would indicate the eagle's wings on both sides reached to the pipe.  Note minute detail on the claws.

At the same time, they won an award showing the strength of their product and indication pipes went to Michigan.  The ad also suggests writing for a paperweight.  This piece seems a bit more substantial than a paperweight, but quite possible.

N. S. P. also produced small sewer tile toothpick holders. Hand signed piece also seen  include a miniature ladies shoe whimsy. 

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Sewer Tile Dice Die Folk Art Pottery Sculpture

1 1/2" square sewer tile die...or part of dice!  Well made piece of both utilitarian and decorative end of the day pottery.

Collection Jim Linderman

Abe Lincoln A Good President made of Clay Sewer Pipe Sewer Tile Pottery Folk Art Sculpture

Frankly, a quite remarkable small hand-sculpted Abe Lincoln made of unfired clay.  It's OLD...certainly not as old as the president's life or death, but it could have been made during a celebration or anniversary.  Small but powerful.  Little over three inches tall with nice aged color.
Collection Jim Linderman

President McKinley Miniature Hat Sewer Pipe Sewer Tile Folk Art

A Miniature Clay Hat Celebrating the William McKinley Presidential inauguration in 1897.  Stamped around is the inscription, appropriately, "Mckinley's Hat" and with the remnants of a red ribbon. Guess what!  Amazingly, there is a FILM of Mckinley's parade!  Hmm...looks pretty crowded there Trump.  Maybe the attendees were secretly paid by George Soros!

McKinley was not allowed to serve his full term due to an assassination.  In fact, maybe the clay hat was produced then, to mourn the loss? 

As with all presidential terms, McKinley's run as President had ups and downs...but at least the wasn't Donald Trump.  Furthermore, his Vice President was the remarkable Theodore Roosevelt, who was twice the man of Mike Pence AND one with the insight to favor the environment for future generations. 

William McKinley souvenir Miniature Clay Hat Celebrating William McKinley inauguration (or passing?) 1897 - 1901.  Collection Jim Linderman

Sewer Tile Aquarium Castle Folk Art Stoneware Sewer Pipe Fish House

Sewer Tile Aquarium Castle Folk Art Stoneware Sewer Pipe Fish House!  Here are two questions for you. When and why did Sewer Tile Clay Factories start making fish castle decorations to be submerged into aquariums?  One source indicates they may have started in the 1800s (?) but that seems wrong to me.  The small, hobbyist aquarium did became popular around 1850, but Adamson omits any examples in his book.  I believe they are still being made (though not like the primitive, rudimentary pieces one might find.) 

Sewer Pipe Fish Castle for an Aquarium.  No date (1930?)  Collection Jim Linderman