• Stoneware/Redware
Lot 67

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

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STAMPED "B.C. MILBURN / ALEXA", ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA DECORATED STONEWARE JAR, salt-glazed, "2" gallon capacity mark, cylindrical form with squared rim and incised shoulder ring. Bold brushed cobalt horizontal double bloom flower and feathered leaf decoration full round. Benedict Cuthbert Milburn (1805-1867), Wilkes Street pottery, Alexandria, VA. 1841-1873. 13 5/8" H, 5 7/8" D rim.
Published: Wilder - Alexandria, Virginia Pottery, 1792-1876, p. 256, fig. BCM075.
Literature: Wilder - Alexandria, Virginia Pottery, 1792-1876, 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 a 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

Having an interior firing separation extending down one side, as made, and some hairlines/crack to lower half of body, including one with associated minute losses. Additional manufacturing flaws including slightly uneven rim, a kiln kiss, and a shallow indentation to lower half, as made.

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