• Stoneware/Redware
Lot 93


Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
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EXTREMELY RARE VIRGINIA MERCHANT'S STENCILED STONEWARE PITCHER, salt-glazed, approximately one-gallon capacity, semi-ovoid body with slightly tapering neck, rounded rim, double-incised shoulder rings, and applied strap handle with tapered lower terminal, Albany-slip glazed interior. Stenciled cobalt "E.J. MILLER & SON. / DEALERS IN / CHINA AND / GLASS WARE. / ALEXANDRIA. VA." with brushed cobalt wavy line above, stripes to rim, shoulder, and base, three columns of eight or nine dashed lines to neck, additional cobalt above top handle terminal. James Hamilton, Greensboro, PA for Elisha Janney Miller (1827-1895), Alexandria, VA. Circa 1888. 11 1/4" H, 5 1/4" D rim, 5 5/8" D base.
Published: Wilder - Alexandria, Virginia Pottery, 1792-1876, p. 296, fig. EJMst001.
Catalogue Note: Pitchers with the "E.J. MILLER" stencil are an extremely rare form. Presently, only a few are known.
Elisha Janney Miller was born into an Alexandria, VA merchant family. His grandfather, Mordecai Miller, and father, Robert Hartshorne Miller (1798-1874) were each prosperous importers and wholesalers. Elisha began working with his father in 1856 at his No. 65 King Street establishment and nine years later, he inherited the business after his father's retirement. At this time, Elisha entered into a business partnership with the Milburn family pottery on Wilkes Street. The pottery provided the merchant with assorted stoneware forms including jars, cuspidors/spittoons, jugs, milk pans, and cake crocks until its closing in 1876. Following the closure of the Alexandria pottery, Miller began procuring stoneware from James Hamilton in Greensboro, PA. Vessels featured his business name, address, and sometimes additional advertising information in stenciled cobalt. Elisha J. Miller managed the business until 1895, when he passed away from Bright's disease at the age of 67. The mercantile company continued in the Miller family until sometime before 1917.


Excellent, undamaged condition. Manufacturing flaws including shallow indentation to body at stencil and two minor spalls, as made.

Collection of the late Al and Billy Steidel, Alexandria, VA.