Rare Richard Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, Stoneware Pitcher Incised "Captain Smith"

March 2, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 111

Price Realized: $2,300.00

($2,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare Incised and Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Presentation Pitcher, Inscribed "Captain Smith," attributed to Richard C. Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1880, ovoid pitcher with rounded foot and tooled collar, decorated with an incised and cobalt-highlighted floral decoration flanking the deeply-incised inscription "Captain Smith," filled with cobalt slip. Collar decorated with foliate brushwork at the base and rim, along with leaves at the midsection. This pitcher was made for Captain Henry L. Smith (1838-1908) a resident of Sea Isle City, New Jersey. According to his obituary in a local newspaper, Smith was born in Clearmont, NJ in 1838, and served thirty years on the Life Saving Station at Townsend's Inlet, where he "risked his own life many times to save the helpless and perishing sailors". Also according to the same obituary, ". . . the long chronological list of the valiant deeds of Captain Smith are well deserving of the words used by the officiating clergyman, Rev. Wm. A. Cobb, 'Well Done, Captain'". Smith was a long-time resident of Cape May County, and was one of the first to sign documents for the town of his residence, Sea Isle City, NJ. For a period in his long maritime career, Smith commanded a boat for the brothers, Harry and Jacob Strecker, of Philadelphia. A rare example of American presentation stoneware, with excellent provenance and wonderful information as to the life's work of the pitcher's owner. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, consigned by a direct descendant of Captain Henry L. Smith. Reglued piece to spout. Otherwise excellent condition. H 10 3/4".

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