Extremely Rare John S. Clemmer / Mogadore / Summit Co. / Ohio Stoneware Abolitionist Jug

July 16, 2016 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 342

Price Realized: $2,530.00

($2,200 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Large Cobalt Floral Decoration, Incised "John S. Clemmer / Mogadore Summit Co / Ohio", mid 19th century, ovoid jug with tapered spout, decorated with a large brushed tulip motif with dashed blossom, emanating from a leafy stem. Incised at the shoulder with the inscription "John S. Clemmer / Mogadore Summit Co. / Ohio" above an incised pointing hand. This jug was made and signed by documented abolitionist and potter, John S. Clemmer (1825-1875). Clemmer, along with his wife, Maria, operated an Underground Railroad safehouse for slaves of the Ohio River Valley. In 1861, Clemmer joined the Ninth Ohio Volunteers and suffered a serious injury on June 9, 1862 at the Battle of Port Republic, Virginia. We are aware of no other American stoneware potters who have been documented as having a significant role in the Underground Railroad. This jug combines classic Ohio form and decoration with outstanding historical significance. Literature: Snodgrass, The Underground Railroad: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Operations, Routledge, London and New York, 2015. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which descended in a Michigan family. Excellent, essentially condition with minor wear to base of handle. H 15 3/4".


Extremely Rare John S. Clemmer / Mogadore / Summit Co. / Ohio Stoneware Abolitionist JugExtremely Rare John S. Clemmer / Mogadore / Summit Co. / Ohio Stoneware Abolitionist Jug

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