This Moravian framed tile measures 1" thick by 6" square for the wood frame, and the tile itself measures 4" square. It is deeply embossed with a 'Masted Ship', a classic design for Mercer/Moravian. It is made of red clay. The design is glazed in a nice blue mat glaze over the red clay, which lays inside, giving great dimension to the ship. This frame was exquisitely made by a man named Harry Blair. There is a studio sticker on the backside describing the history and purpose of the pottery and tile works. There is also a handmade note citing Harry Blair purchased the tile in 1977 and framed it in 1977. His initials 'HEB' are also carved into the back of the frame. We've seen a number of Mercer tiles over the years, and this and one other we acquired are the nicest presentation of a framed tile we've seen. This tile likely dates to c1970s, given its marks by the framer. It is in near original condition with just a minor handling marks. It presents very handsomely.
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