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Water Cooler with Masonic Symbols
M. Tyler and Co. Moses Tyler (1794-1846),
USA: New York, Albany
Salt-glazed stoneware; cobalt slip-decorated
overall: 20"h x 16"dia.
Special Acquisitions Fund

Stoneware pear-shaped water cooler with double handles. Spigot hole at lower front. Applied Masonic decoration consisting of square and compasses with pendant jewel flanked on left with crescent and star and on right with a candle in holder. Above the applied device is incised name "Ed Raynsford" highlighted in blue. Marked "M Tyler and Co / Albany" above name and also highlighted in blue.

Moses Tyler (1794-1846) operated his own pottery in Albany, New York from 1822 to 1825. He took over the shop of Calvin Boynton in 1826 and operated it in partnership with Charles Dillon until 1834. Pots made during the partnership were marked "Tyler & Dillon Albany." For further information, see blog post, April 30, 2015 http://nationalheritagemuseum.typepad.com/library_and_archives/2015/04/hanging-out-by-the-water-cooler.html

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