• Stoneware/Redware
Lot 115

VIRGINIA MERCHANT'S STENCILED STONEWARE JAR

Estimate: $100 - $200
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VIRGINIA MERCHANT'S STENCILED STONEWARE JAR, salt-glazed, designated two-gallon capacity, cylindrical form with slight shoulder, flat-top rounded rim, and Albany-slip glazed interior. Stenciled cobalt "E.J. MILLER & CO. / QUEENSWARE. / ALEXANDRIA. VA" and "2" below, additional decorative stencil ornament to center, brushed cobalt wavy line above, a stripe below rim and above base. James Hamilton, Greensboro, PA for Elisha Janney Miller (1827-1895), Alexandria, VA. Circa 1876. 10 7/8" H, 7" D rim.
Published: Wilder - Alexandria, Virginia Pottery, 1792-1876, p. 298, fig. EJMst004.
Catalogue Note: Elisha Janney Miller was born into an Alexandria, VA merchant family. His grandfather, Mordecai Miller, and father, Robert Hartshorne Miller (1798-1874) were each prosperous importers and wholesalers. Elisha began working with his father in 1856 at his No. 65 King Street establishment and nine years later, he inherited the business after his father's retirement. At this time, Elisha entered into a business partnership with the Milburn family pottery on Wilkes Street. The pottery provided the merchant with assorted stoneware forms including jars, cuspidors/spittoons, jugs, milk pans, and cake crocks until its closing in 1876. Following the closure of the Alexandria pottery, Miller began procuring stoneware from James Hamilton in Greensboro, PA. Vessels featured his business name, address, and sometimes additional advertising information in stenciled cobalt. Elisha J. Miller managed the business until 1895, when he passed away from Bright's disease at the age of 67. The mercantile company continued in the Miller family until sometime before 1917.

Condition

Mostly undamaged, except having a minor shallow chip to base underside edge, some yellowish residue to exterior, and interior having some whitish residue.

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