Coming to you from Doc’s Crocks is this rare 3 Gallon Stoneware People Crock from Morgantown, West Virginia.
This jar is the product of the Thompson Pottery in Morgantown in the third quarter of the 19th century.
This beauty features a Tapered Rim, Rounded Shoulder, Extruded Handles with Center Groove, and the Coup de Gras: a Folk Art Decoration of an Arched Drape with 4 Bowties above Two Women in Bonnets and Long Dresses Approaching a Small Tree. Stands 15” tall.
One very curious feature of this piece is the name “Wm Bu…” inscribed on the bottom (closeup). William Burchnell was a potter trained in Morgantown who moved to London, Ohio about 1835. James M. Thompson, brother of John W. Thompson who began the Morgantown pottery, also worked in London. This partial signature raises the question: Did Burchnell return to Morgantown or did one of his children train as a potter and do so?
Excellent Condition. A 1” chip on the footer on the right side. That’s it! No rim chips, hairlines, cracks, stains, or restoration. Slump in the kiln in the making.
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