• Stoneware/Redware
Lot 66

STAMPED "B.C. MILBURN / ALEXA", ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA DECORATED STONEWARE JAR

Estimate: $300 - $500
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STAMPED "B.C. MILBURN / ALEXA", ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA DECORATED STONEWARE JAR, salt-glazed, "1/2" gallon capacity mark, semi-ovoid form with squared rim, collared neck, and a single-incised shoulder ring. Bold brushed cobalt "Alexandria Motif" sunflower and foliage decoration on front with two exaggerated top stems extending onto sides and reverse having two dropped feathered leaf ornaments from beaded neck. Benedict Cuthbert Milburn (1805-1867), Wilkes Street pottery, Alexandria, VA. 1841-1873. 8 1/8" H, 4 5/8" D rim.
Literature: Parallels Wilder - Alexandria, Virginia Pottery, 1792-1876, p. 217, fig. BCM022; stamp as p. 324, fig. Mk XIVa.
Catalogue Note: Benedict Cuthbert Milburn was the third owner of the Wilkes Street pottery located in Alexandria, VA. Born near St. Mary's City, MD, Milburn relocated to Alexandria, VA when he was 17-years-old. Hired by John Swann (the founder of the Wilkes Street pottery) in 1822, the young Milburn began his long, fruitful career in the pottery industry. It is unknown if Milburn maintained employment at Wilkes Street through Hugh Smith's tenure as manager (starting in 1825), however by 1833, documents provide evidence that Benedict officially began leasing the pottery from Hugh Charles Smith (the son of Hugh Smith). Milburn officially purchased the Wilkes Street pottery from Hugh Smith (elder) in 1841. Business flourished under Milburn until the Civil War, when work at the kilns was extinguished. The pottery remained quiet the remainder of the war until 1865, when Milburn's son, Stephen Calvert took up the business. Sadly, Benedict C. Milburn passed away in 1867, at the age of 62. After his death, his sons continued operating the Wilkes Street pottery until 1876, when William Lewis Milburn sold the pottery to the neighboring tannery, permanently closing the door on the Milburn pottery legacy.

Condition

Excellent condition, having a minor rim and base flake and some minute grey paint splatter on rim.

Collection of the late Al and Billy Steidel, Alexandria, VA.
Ex-collection of Clyde and Frances McClaskey, Fairfax, VA.