This year (2017) marks the 200-year anniversary of the beginning of the construction of the Erie Canal. The canal was completed in 1825 after all of its 363 miles were dug by hand. Of course, such an amazing feat deserves to be documented, and that's exactly what this incredible piece of Utica history does.

According to the eBay listing, the Historical Staffordshire pitcher commemorates the Erie Canal, as well as the (then) village of Utica.

It includes two inscriptions. One reads:

Utica. A village in the State of New York, thirty years since a wilderness now (1824) inferior to none in the Western section of the state, in population, wealth, commercial enterprise, active industry & civil improvement.

The other, about the Erie Canal, says:

The Grand Erie Canal, a splendid monument of the enterprise & resources of the State of New York. Indebted for its early commencement & rapid completion to the active energies, preeminent talents, & enlightened policy of DeWitt Clinton, late Governor of the state.

Antique Utica Pitcher
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The action listing also provides the following description of this beautiful jug:

Historical Staffordshire dark blue pitcher with transfers to commemorate the Erie Canal.  It was made by Enoch Wood & Sons in Burslem, Staffordshire.  In excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. It has crisp transfers and displays great. Just to mention for accuracy there is a crows foot on the base that doesn't go through and most likely would clean out with a professional cleaning. It is something we could do if the new owner would like. It measures 8 3/8" from the tip of the spout to the handle by 7" tall and it dates circa 1825.

Think you might want to take this piece home? Well, be prepared to spend quite a bit in order to add it to your collection: the asking price is $975, with another $24 for shipping. Hey, the sellers are entertaining other offers, so maybe this can be yours if you can strike a bargain. The sellers, William and Teresa Kurau, have some other great items for sale on eBay as well.

Do you have any Utica-related antiques?


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