Description: This auction is for an oblong blue & white stipple 2 piece butter dish which was produced by N.S. Gustin in the early 1980's. The bottom dish measures approximately 7 3/4" long and about 3 3/4" wide - it is ever so slightly tapered, with a thumb sized protruding area at the end to make it easier to carry the item The cow cover measures approximately 6 3/4" long, 3" wide and 4" tall. The cow's body is sculpted on all four sides - hopefully you can see this from the scans. The color is a true country blue, and the butter dish is in very good condition with no chips or cracks. T is a very, very fine crazing line on the top that goes across the bottom of the duck - I did not even see this until I started to weigh the piece for shipping. It is almost imperceptible - the item has to be turned in several directions under a strong light in order to see it. This particular piece does not have an artist's mark on it as do some of the others in this collection that I have up for auction (please see "Background Information" below). Please note that this line of hand-painted California Pottery is no longer being produced and is becoming quite difficult to find, particularly some of the more unusual accessory pieces such as this cat & some of the other

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: In the 1980's I purchased a very large number of the hand-painted N.S. Gustin and Los Angeles Pottery blue stipple & spongeware items from the Pottery Shack in Laguna Beach, CA. Each week when the truck arrived from the factory I was t looking for new additions to the collection. The vast majority of the pieces were used as display items either in my home or in my catering business; they have received very little use as they have been packed away since the early 1990's. At this point, I am selling some of the accessory pieces from this chicken and duck stipple collection as they are too fragile to be used in my current business.

These items were purchased because I loved the way they looked. They matched my country home and catering needs, and I paid no attention to anything regarding their value, manufacturer, etc. I thought the collection was spongeware in the tradition of the early colonists, but internet research reveals that apparently these items are considered to be stippleware. Some of the items say Gustin on them, some only have artist's marks. Since I am not an expert on any of this, I have listed the items as stipple, spongeware, N.S. Gustin and Los Angeles Pottery (who purchased N.S. Gustin at some point in time but I do not know when). I trust that those of you with far greater knowledge than I have will be able to figure out the particulars regarding this collection!

If you have any further questions, please e-mail me and I will try to answer them.

Postage: All items are VERY CAREFULLY packed to be waterproof & bendproof; breakables are frequently double-boxed for added protection. All items are shipped with USPS Delivery Confirmation which allows the purchaser to track the shipment on line. Insurance at USPS rates is optional on items under $50.00 & required on items over $50.00. Please note that I will not be responsible for damaged or lost items if no insurance is purchased. Please e-mail me for Foreign (non USA) Postage rates. Multiple winnings may be combined to save on shipping expense. After the Auction: PayPal coupled with ebay's automatic check-out system is the fastest way to complete this transaction. Packages are shipped within 24 hours every day Monday through Friday. Feedback is left AFTER the winner confirms receipt of item. Please e-mail me if you do not wish to use the automated system or if you have any other questions or concerns. P A Y P A L accepted Foreign postage upon request Payment due within 7 days of auction close Combine orders for substantial savings on postage Personal Checks, Money Orders, Cashier's Checks & Credit Cards with ...

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