• Stoneware/Redware
Lot 40


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STAMPED "B C MILBURN / ALEXA", ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA DECORATED STONEWARE JAR, salt-glazed, "2" gallon capacity mark, cylindrical form with rounded rim, collared neck, single-incised shoulder ring, and applied arched tab handles. Bold slip-trailed cobalt elaborate "Alexandria Motif" floral design featuring a multi-petal central flower with two open bloom buds emanating from sides and fern-like leaves to front, reverse having wavy swag with three hanging tassels to shoulder, and additional rosette-like slip-trailed cobalt decoration around handle terminals. Benedict Cuthbert Milburn (1805-1867), Wilkes Street pottery, Alexandria, VA. 1841-1873. 12 7/8" H, 7 1/4" D rim.
Published: Wilder - Alexandria, Virginia Pottery, 1792-1876, p. 262, fig. BCM087.
Literature: Parallels stamp in Wilder - Alexandria, Virginia Pottery, 1792-1876, p. 324, fig. Mk XIV.
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.


Having some old, filled-in chips to base, and each handle with some chipping to one end.

Collection of the late Al and Billy Steidel, Alexandria, VA.
Rose Hill Auction Gallery, Englewood, NJ, 1/9/2007, lot 86 (retains receipt).