Antique Stoneware Jug Marked Charlestown with Cobalt Blue Flower. Measures about 11 1/2" high, the base is 7" wide, it weighs 6 pounds 3 ounces.Fine condition with no noteworthy cracks or chips, the blue decoration is faded - see my 8 detailed photos. Guaranteed a genuine 19th century antique. Charlestown was famous for its earthenware, dating back to the Provincial Period of the late 1600s. There were huge clay deposits in the area between Medford Street and the Mystic River and early potters used the clay from these pits to make their pots. By the 18th Century, Charlestown was the heart of the pottery business there were upwards of 40 potters operating out of eight or nine shops near Austin Street.
At the peak of its prosperity, in 1775, the town, with all its buildings including its pottery shops, were destroyed by fire. Although many potters never recovered, in 1812 Barnabas Edmands built a pottery on Austin Street where he began to make stoneware.
Researchers discovered that red ware was poisonous because of its lead content and Edmands was one of many trying to introduce stoneware as a better alternative. It was a harder ceramic; it burned at a higher temperature, did not leak and was safe to use. In 1850, Edmands and his family moved their pottery factory to a wharf on the Mystic River, toward the Neck. There, they built large furnaces to replace their out-of-date kilns.Edmands' sons, Edward and Thomas continued the company as Edmands & Hopper Pottery Works and added the manufacture of drain pipe to the pottery line. The factory produced pottery on the banks of the Mystic River until 1905. The item "Antique Stoneware Jug Marked Charlestown with Cobalt Blue Flower" is in sale since Sunday, November 1, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Ceramics & Porcelain\Jugs".
The seller is "spooknook" and is located in Weymouth, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States.