• Stoneware/Redware
Lot 60

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

Estimate: $400 - $600
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STAMPED "B.C. MILBURN / ALEXA", ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA DECORATED STONEWARE LARGE JAR, salt-glazed, "4" gallon capacity mark, semi-ovoid form with squared rim, collared neck, single-incised shoulder ring, and applied arched tab handles. Bold brushed cobalt "Alexandria Motif" multi-petal flower with foliage to front and reverse featuring a horizontal floral design to shoulder with four blooms and leafy foliage. Benedict Cuthbert Milburn (1805-1867), Wilkes Street pottery, Alexandria, VA. 1841-1873. 15 3/8" H, 7 5/8" D rim.
Published: Wilder - Alexandria, Virginia Pottery, 1792-1876, p. 268, figs. BCM094 and BCM094a.
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 old repair to area on rim, a crack to front extending from base to medial body where it forks and continues to rim and a curved crack extending from neck to just below medial body having some minor old filled-in areas.

Collection of the late Al and Billy Steidel, Alexandria, VA.
J.C. Lindsey estate auction, Paris, VA, 9/12/1985.