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Lot 75


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STAMPED "W. LEWIS MILBURN.", ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA STONEWARE JUG, salt-glazed, approximately half-gallon capacity, beehive form with ringed mouth, single-incised shoulder ring, and applied strap handle with medial groove. William Lewis Milburn (b.1838), Wilkes Street pottery, Alexandria, VA. 1873-1876. 7 5/8" HOA.
Literature: Parallels Wilder - Alexandria, Virginia Pottery, 1792-1876, p. 198, fig. WLM003; stamp p. 326, fig. Mk XVII.
Catalogue Note: This jug was made at the Wilkes Street pottery during the short time William Lewis Milburn managed the business. Son of potter Benedict Cuthbert Milburn, W. Lewis began managing the pottery in 1872 after his brother Stephen left the city of Alexandria. He oversaw the pottery for three years before selling the business. There are no known decorated vessels with the "W. Lewis Milburn" stamp.
B.C. Milburn, William Lewis' father, 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.


Excellent, mostly undamaged condition, having a flake to base underside edge.

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