Writing in the ICGA Pump December 2010, Don Chamberlain says: Little is known as to why this piece was made. My research has found that it may have been from an insurance and real estate business started by Simeon Marion Ballard (1865-1922) in Fresno, California. There were branch offices of his business started in small towns around Fresno. Merced was one of these branches. The Merced branch manager may have decided to promote his own branch without Mr. Ballard's knowledge.
|These scarce 6-inch items have Northwood's basketweave on the reverse. The lettering reads "Ballard, Merced, Cal."
Bowl, ruffled Plates, flat Updated 6/28/2017