• Stoneware/Redware
Lot 26


Estimate: $400 - $600
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STAMPED "HC SMITH / ALEXA / DC", ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA DECORATED STONEWARE JAR, salt-glazed, "1" gallon capacity mark, cylindrical form with squared rim, collared neck, slight shoulder, and single-incised shoulder ring. Bold brushed cobalt horizontal double bloom flowers with foliage full round. Made for Hugh Charles Smith (1804-1854), Wilkes Street pottery, Alexandria, VA. 1847-1850. 10 3/8" H, 5 3/4" D rim.
Published: Wilder - Alexandria, Virginia Pottery, 1792-1876, p. 144, fig. HCS026.
Literature: Parallels Wilder - Alexandria, Virginia Pottery, 1792-1876, stamp as p. 320, fig. Mk VI.
Catalogue Note: Hugh Charles Smith, eldest son of Hugh Smith (1769-1856), partnered with his father in the management of the Wilkes Street pottery beginning in 1825. Hugh Charles, like his father, was a merchant and not a potter by trade. The stoneware vessels produced under their administration were made by numerous potters and decorators, both African American and white, hired throughout the 16-years the family owned the pottery. In 1833, Hugh Charles returned full time to the merchant business. At this time, the senior Smith officially leased the Wilkes Street pottery to potter and employee B.C. Milburn and by 1841, had sold the business to Milburn. Hugh Charles passed away at the young age of 50 in 1854.


Excellent, undamaged condition. Manufacturing flaws including faint hairline from base, as made.

Collection of the late Al and Billy Steidel, Alexandria, VA.
Headley's Auctions, Winchester, VA (retains receipt).