Fantastically Forties! Harker Pottery Company in East Liverpool, OH was a rather prolific manufacturer of ceramic dinner and kitchenware. From its humble roots in a log cabin in 1840 until it was closed down in 1972, the company churned out an amazing variety of styles and patterns, something to please just about everyone!
Per my usual listing habits, I did some research on this casserole, and was surprised to find that just this one piece came in a variety of styles and at least two or three sizes. There is one with a flattish finial, another with a fan shaped finial, and others with additional fruit decals on the lid. There were matching leftovers and pie plates and covered canisters, a plethora of cheerful pieces!
This particular casserole looks to be the largest size, measuring about 8.5" across the top outside edges, and around 5.25" to the top of the finial. The bottom is marked with a Harker HotOven stamp. The stripes on lid, finial and bowl rim look to be hand-applied.
CONDITION: Not too bad! I am rather stymied regarding the difference in condition between the lid and the bowl, though! The lid shows fine, allover crazing, with very faint yellowing you would not even notice if it weren't for the bottom. There are also some slightly less faint spots of discoloration on the lid. Good news is that I see no cracks, chips or hairlines, and the red trim is remarkably well preserved, too. The bowl is fantastic! If it's crazed, I can't see it and it didn't seem to show up when I wiped it down with water, either. There are some stray bits of decal under the band of fruit, and a few very small factory flaws in the form of glazed over "dents" here and there. Bottom would make a marvelous dish on its own, and is in such great shape... could be used if you were so inclined! Yes, you can use the lid too... but as a collector, I tend to avoid using crazed wares, simply to keep them in good condition.
SHIPPING - Please note my quote is the 5# rate from East Coast to West Coast, worst case. If you live closer, or I overestimated packed weight, you could receive a shipping refund via PayPal. Feel free to convo me with your zip... I'd be more than happy to tweak shipping to your location and mark this item reserved for you! Take a look at my shipping policies for additional details...
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