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Mason's Ironstone Hydra Jug or Pitcher in the Bandana Pattern, circa 1870
By Mason's Ironstone
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a very good hydra jug or pitcher decorated in the Bandana pattern and made by Mason's Ironstone, England in the 19th century, circa 1870. The jug is octagonal in shape wit...
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Antique 19th Century English Chinoiserie Ceramics

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Ironstone

Mason's Ironstone Hydra Jug in Cashmire De Thibet Ptn, William 1Vth circa 1833
By Mason's Ironstone
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a good, Mason's ironstone hydra jug with a snake handle in the Cashmire De Thibet pattern dating to the William 1Vth English 19th century period, circa 1832-1836 The jug h...
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Antique 19th Century English William IV Pitchers

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Ironstone

Antique English Mason's Ironstone Mammoth Size Imari Chinoise Design Hydra Jug
By Miles Mason Porcelain
Located in Charleston, SC
Exceedingly rare and important antique English Mason's ironstone mammoth size Imari chinoise design hydra jug or pitcher, circa 1815-1820. Pattern as illustrated on pg. 148 (pl...
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Antique 1810s English Pitchers

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Ironstone

Mason's Ironstone Hydra Jug or Pitcher Water Lily Pattern, circa 1880
By Mason's Ironstone
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a very good jug or pitcher by Mason's ironstone, England, circa 1880. The jug has the Hydra shape with the snake heads handle with lower spur. This jug has one of the ...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Chinoiserie Ceramics

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Ironstone

Mason's Ironstone Hydra Jug or Pitcher in Flying Bird Pattern, circa 1870
By Mason's Ironstone
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a very good mid size Hydra Jug or Pitcher by Mason's Ironstone, England, circa 1870. The jug has an octagonal form in the hydra shape with a looping snake handle. This...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Chinoiserie Pottery

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Ironstone

Mason's Ironstone Hydra Jug or Pitcher in Basket Japan Pattern, circa 1840
By Mason's Ironstone
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a very good, Mason's Ironstone Hydra jug or pitcher in the basket Japan pattern, made in the English, William 1Vth or early Victorian period, circa 1830-1848. The jug has ...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Chinoiserie Pitchers

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Ironstone

Mason's Ironstone Hydra Jug or Pitcher in the Jardinière Pattern, circa 1870
By Mason's Ironstone
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a very good Ironstone hydra jug or pitcher in the jardinière pattern and made by Mason's Ironstone, England, circa 1870. The pattern is a known Mason's chinoiserie pattern...
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Antique 19th Century English Chinoiserie Ceramics

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Ironstone

Mason's Ironstone Hydra Jug or Pitcher in the Jardinière Pattern, circa 1870
By Mason's Ironstone
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a very good Ironstone hydra jug or pitcher in the jardinière pattern and made by Mason's Ironstone, England, circa 1870. The pattern is a known Mason's chinoiserie pattern...
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Antique 19th Century English Chinoiserie Ceramics

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Ironstone

Georgian Mason's Ironstone Hydra Jug or Pitcher in Basket Japan Ptn, circa 1820
By Mason's Ironstone
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a good, early Mason's Ironstone Hydra jug or pitcher in the basket Japan pattern, made in the English, late Georgian period, circa 1820. The jug has an octagonal shape wit...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Chinoiserie Ceramics

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Ironstone

Finding the Right Pitchers for You

Perfect for entertaining, a dinner party or a small luncheon, vintage, new and antique pitchers are versatile pieces to keep in any collection.

Whether you’re dining in the great outdoors, freshening up drinks in the living room or making a batch of fresh-squeezed juice for breakfast in the kitchen, a pitcher is a must-have feature of your dining and entertaining set.

Prior to indoor plumbing and the advent of sinks, people paired a pitcher with a wash basin on their bedside stand. Today, an antique washstand might be used as a nightstand or bedside table. These pitchers, along with the washstand, were essential in any bedroom.

Today, in displaying vintage ceramic pitchers on your Welsh kitchen dresser or in a corner cupboard, you’re inviting a pop of color and an alluring texture to mingle with your other serveware. But when entertaining, you’re likely going to put this decorative vessel to work. Some glazed stoneware and metal pitchers are outfitted with hinged lids to provide insulation, while potters and other craft artists at the time might have made complementary glasses or teacups to pair with their pitchers for a complete serving set. Glass and stoneware pitchers are perfect for serving beverages, but if you’re serving from a metal pitcher, you’ll want to ensure that the material is food-grade stainless steel.

For a simple home accent, consider using that wonderfully aging vintage metal pitcher as a vase for your flowers (be sure to use a watertight plastic liner or insert) or as a receptacle to display and organize your cooking utensils. Given the venturesome design sensibility that we associate with mid-century modernism, a mid-century modern pitcher is going to prove a unique and sophisticated decorative touch to any room in your home. While your farmhouse-style interior is practically begging for the earthy tones of a terracotta pitcher, an ironstone pitcher will bring ornate details to your mantel.

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