This creamware pitcher was made by Wedgwood for the Sleepy Hollow Restorations in Tarrytown New York. It commemorates the 175th anniversary of Washington Irving's birth on April 3, 1958. On one side of the bulbous pitcher is a black transfer engraving of Irving and his dog, with a facsimile of Irving's signature below, all framed by curving branches of ivy.
On the other side is a printed engraving of Sunnyside, the author's Gothic Revival home in the Hudson Valley town of Tarrytown. A humorous quote of Irving's compares the decorating of his home to a pretty wife. (Irving was engaged but sadly his fiancée died of TB before the wedding and he never married).
The bulbous pitcher has a border of black at top and bottom and a loop handle. There are multiple printed marks on the bottom, including the circular Wedgwood mark used from 1940 to 1974 (in 1974 the registered trademark symbol--the circled R---was added to the mark). On the inner rim of the foot ring, the word Wedgwood is stamped into the clay, along with the date 10 57.
The pitcher is in very good condition, with no chips or cracks, but has some crazing that is lightly discolored, partly on the upper body near the handle and also on the inner and outer surfaces of the bottom.
The pitcher stands 7 3/4 inches tall, measures 8 inches from the spout to the outer edge of the handle and weighs a smidge over 2 pounds. It's a handsome pitcher that displays well, alone or with other transferware pieces.