Bona Fama Washstand Bowl and Pitcher c. 1890
The Pitcher is approximately 10 inches from spout to handle and approximately 12 inches tall. The Washstand Bowl is approximately 17 inches across and 5 inches tall. The Pitcher and Washstand Bowl are in excellent condition for their age. With no apparent chips, knicks or repairs .
The Washstand Bowl has footed base. The beautiful floral design was hand painted in shades of green and cream colors with a texture you can feel. This is an extremely unique set.
Both pieces are hallmarked with a globe pierced through the United States by a sword, on the guard of which the initials of the company appear. Additionally the Motto “Bona Fama est Melior Zona Aurea”forms part of the mark. This mark was used by the Edwin Bennett Pottery Company after 1890. It was used on the company’s semi-porcelain ware. The Latin motto “Bona Fama Est Melior Zona Aurea” roughly translates as “A good reputation is better than a golden belt.” “Alba” means white. The pottery was in business in Baltimore, Maryland, from 1846 to 1936