• Stoneware/Redware
Lot 56

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

Estimate: $500 - $800
Sold for
$4,612.50
Sold Price includes BP

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STAMPED "B.C. MILBURN / ALEXA", ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA DECORATED STONEWARE PAN, salt-glazed, "1/2" (upside down) gallon capacity mark, conical form with squared rim and pour spout. Bold slip-trailed cobalt vertical flower with petals across stamp and nine blossoms evenly spaced to shoulder full round. Benedict Cuthbert Milburn (1805-1867), Wilkes Street pottery, Alexandria, VA. 1841-1873. 3 7/8" H, 8 3/4" D rim, 6 5/8" D base.
Published: Hunter (ed.) - Ceramics in America 2013, "'Stone-ware of excellent quality, Alexandria manufacture' Part II: The Pottery of B.C. Milburn", p. 98, fig. 38. Wilder - Alexandria, Virginia Pottery, 1792-1876, p. 273, figs. BCM100, BCM100a, and BCM100b.
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 a broken and glued repair to part of side, otherwise undamaged.

Collection of the late Al and Billy Steidel, Alexandria, VA.
Eleanor Lee Templeman, Arlington, VA, 1/30/1979.