Buffalo Pottery is one of the easiest antique china companies to identify because there is a buffalo and date stamped on the bottom. This milk pitcher was made in 1911 and belonged to Martha Persinger of Salt Petre Cave in Eagle Rock. It was donated to the Botetourt History Museum by Marilyn Persinger Erdmann. The pitcher’s Blue Willow pattern is an ancient Chinese love story in pictures. The legend is that a young girl who was betrothed by her father to an older man is in love with a younger man. She ran away and married her true love but her fiancé followed them and killed them. The doves in the pattern represent the souls of the young lovers. Buffalo Pottery was founded in the early 1900s by the Larkin Soap Company.