MARICOPA BLACK ON BROWN JAR
This is a basic turn-of-the-twentieth-century Maricopoa tourist piece, made during the years when settlers had appropriated all the good farming land and Maricopa women turned to supporting their families by selling pottery to the tourists. Durlng those years, Maricopa pottery came in all kinds of imaginative shapes, and only rarely in a shape as simple as this seed jar. This has an unusual color. In the early 20th century, Maricopa pottery came in red and occasionally in a color called cream that often got darker. Here, the cream is so dark we had to call it brown, and you'll have to search far and wide to find another old Maricopa piece this color. The whirling log design was a standard tourist-pleaser in 1910, and it stayed that way until 1940. It hasn't been seen since, for obvious reasons.
4-1/4" diameter excluding handle x 3-1/2" high
Excellent condition for its age. Quarter-inch spall on one face visible in second photo.