Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug Incised "Lm," Dave at Lewis Miles' Stony Bluff Manufactory, Horse Creek Valley, Edgefield District, SC, circa 1855

Summer 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 5

Estimate: $2,000-$4,000.  A Note About Estimates

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Two-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jug, Incised "Lm," attributed to Dave at Lewis Miles' Stony Bluff Manufactory, Horse Creek Valley, Edgefield District, SC, circa 1855, ovoid jug with distinctive tooled spout, the surface covered in an olive-brown alkaline glaze. Incised by the enslaved African-American potter, Dave, with the initials, "Lm," for Lewis Miles, while the jug was held upside-down. Two incised slash marks, a distinctive Dave marking, appear to the left of the initials, and two punctates, denoting two gallons, appear on the left side of the spout. This jug includes unusual raised, decorative banding around the body created with a potter's rib. Loss to side of spout. Two chips to molding at midsection of spout. Long horizontal crack to base. Minor chipping to base. A thin 1 1/4" crack to side of handle and a minor nick to opposite side of handle.


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