Fabulous Vintage "ORIGINAL" Old Sleepy Eye weir pottery small pitcher

Fabulous old crockery pitcher featuring a portrait of a Native American Indian fondly referred to as "Old Sleepy Eye". Surrounding him are scenes of a campground including multiple tee pees, trees and tall grass. Sleepy Eye was a term coined for a nineteenth-century Indian chief with a drooping eyelid and his profile was used by the Sleepy Eye Milling Co. of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota from 1883 to 1921. This company offered stoneware and pottery of assorted merchandise as advertising premiums which included crocks, bowls, steins, mugs/jugs, pitchers, etc., all of which were decorated with the easily recognizable profile of that Indian. The pottery was very popular both then and now and you'll find it having been made various companies(Western Stoneware, Weir Pottery Company)- other companies produced this long after 1921 which is when the mill closed it's doors. Careful of the reproductions because they are out there and in rather large numbers- the original sized pitchers were manufactured in five sizes only (4 inches, 5 1/4 inches, 6 1/2 inches, 8 inches, and 9 inches). Due to it's popularity the Sleepy Eye image was also used by companies which were totally unrelated to the flour mill. This is a very early Sleepy Eye set of 3 pitchers in the more desirable(and harder to find) blue on gray. Cobalt blue on older pieces of anything are ... read more