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Pitcher with Masonic Symbols
Thomas Maddock's Son's Company
USA: New Jersey, Trenton
Transfer-print graniteware
overall: 12 x 6 in.; 30.48 x 15.24 cm
Special Acquisitions Fund

Masonic pitcher has silver lustre rim, handle, and base. Transfer-printed scene shows man wearing blue shirt and red pants riding a brown goat. Above him is a sun, moon, and stars with lettering, "Taking His First Degree." There are other transfer-printed scenes of houses and trees below. The opposite side shows a transfer-print of a radiant sun, candlesticks, altar, Bible, and square and compasses. Marked on the bottom, "Tho's Maddock's Son's Co./ Trenton, N.J."

The Maddock pottery company progressed from the manufacture of vitreous sanitary china to a specialty of producing ceramics for hotel use, souvenir purposes, and fraternal organizations. The company had the "in-house" ability to produce their own decals and transfer engravings in order to customize a standard line of souvenir ceramic forms that included pitchers, tankards, and plates. The overglaze enameling process permitted Maddock to copy the fine line detail designs from steel engravings.