For sale is a wonderful arts and crafts piece of art pottery made by Hampshire Pottery of Keene, NH. The piece is known as a "Chamber Stick". The chamber stick is a nice size as it stands 5 5/8" to the top and the bottom has a diameter of 4 5/8".
The chamber stick has a wonderful matte cucumber green glaze that is pretty uniform throughout. The chamber stick displays wide circular bottom with the stick tapering in and up. The top flares out and rolls over to a recessed area on the top inside to receive a candle. It is further accented with an arts and crafts style applied handle to carry it. The glaze drip coming from the bottom of the handle is just wonderful.
The chamber stick is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. The candlestick is signed on the bottom with the incised "Hampshire" in script letters along with the M in a circle mark. The signature is missing the "Pottery" letters because of the factory hole in the bottom. This hole is glazed over and not quite sure why it was designed this way. There is also the mold number "82" impressed. This is hard to see the marks because the glaze on the bottom has obscured it. We can date this piece by this mark. The "M" in a circle mark was used to honor Cadmon Robertson's wife "Emoretta". She was the sister of the founder, James Scollay Taft. Cadmon Robertson was the head chemist for the glazes and ran Hampshire Pottery from 1904-1914. This mark was used during that time period.
Hampshire Pottery started producing matte glazes in 1891. This was 7 years earlier than their main competitor Grueby Faience of Boston, Mass. Hampshire Pottery resembles the style of Grueby but were much more affordable as they were mold made pieces as opposed to hand thrown. This will make a wonderful addition to any matte green pottery collection of art pottery and would look great on that Stickley, mission, arts and crafts bookcase.