For sale is a very nice piece of art pottery made by Hampshire Pottery of Keene, NH. The item is a "Hooded Chamber Stick". The piece is done in the much sought after matte cucumber green glaze. The chamber stick has some size to it as it stands 6 5/8" tall and is 5 3/4" in diameter from the outside handle measurement to the opposite sides bottom.
This chamber stick has a wonderful matt cucumber green glaze. This glaze was a trademark of Hampshire Pottery. This piece displays a tall hooded back with the candle insert sitting on the bottom floor of the vessel. There is a wonderfully applied looped finger handle on the back of the hood and it has a raised thumb rest ring on the upper and lower part of the handle.
The piece is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks chips or dings. There are a few teeny pin pops in the glaze on the inside floor of the chamber stick. I have had this form several times and this seems to be common with this form. The piece is signed with the "Hampshire Pottery" incised script signature mark along with the shape number "29" which is also incised. The 9 is actually backwards. I have also seen this a few times as well.
I believe this to be a very early mark prior to Cadmon Robertson's tenure with Hampshire. The Hampshire Pottery pieces that have the M in a circle mark can be dated from 1904-1914. These were the year that Cadmon Robertson ran Hampshire Pottery. Since this piece does not have this mark I would say this piece was made circa 1891-1903. Hampshire Pottery was producing a matt green glaze 7 years ahead of Grueby Pottery. Grueby started producing matte green pottery in 1898.
This is an excellent example in both form and glaze. Those of you who are decorating in the arts and crafts, mission style will surely welcome this useful item, especially when you loose power. It would also look just outstanding on that Stickley bookcase.