• Stoneware/Redware
Lot 131


Estimate: $80 - $120
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STAMPED "P. HERRMANN." BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, GEORGETOWN, DC, MERCHANT'S STONEWARE JAR, salt-glazed, "1" gallon capacity mark, cylindrical form with squared rim. Stamped "FROM / S CROPLEY'S SONS / WHOLESALE & RETAIL GROCERS / 105 BRIDGE STREET / GEORGETOWN DC", cobalt highlighting the stamp. The pottery of Peter Herrmann (1825-1901), Baltimore, MD for Samuel Cropley's Sons, Georgetown, DC. Circa 1875. 10 1/4" H, 6 1/4" D base.
Catalogue Note: Samuel C. Cropley was a very successful merchant and businessman in Georgetown, an affluent area of Washington, DC. Cropley was born in Norfolk, England in 1801. According to his 1869 obituary, he was a resident of Georgetown for about 45 years. The 1850 census list Cropley as a "merchant" with real estate valued at "10,000". By 1860, his real estate value increased to "15,000" in addition to "4,000" in personal estate. He is listed on the 1860 slave schedule as owning three enslaved males ages 34, 35, and 15. In addition to managing a grocery, Cropley held many other positions including director of the Georgetown Gas Light Company and director of Farmers' and Merchants' Bank. Samuel Cropley passed away in 1869. He was considered such an esteemed member of the community that colleagues in the Merchants' Exchange closed their businesses the day of his funeral, in addition to other stores located along the procession route.


Excellent, undamaged condition.

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