Very Rare "Utica Mechanics Assoc." Pint Stoneware Presentation Jug by Henry Williams

Fall 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 15

Estimate: $800-$1,200.  A Note About Estimates

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Very Rare Pint-Sized Utica, NY Stoneware Presentation Jug, Utica, NY origin, Dated 1864, diminutive, semi-ovoid jug with tapered spout, featuring the incised and cobalt-highlighted inscription, "Presented to / J. Hubbard / made by / H. Williams / Utica Mechanics / Association / 1864." Henry Williams is listed in the 1849 Utica city directory as a potter, and is the same Henry Williams who was later proprietor of a long-standing shop in North Bay, which (according to William Ketchum) produced only earthenware. During his time at North Bay (circa 1850-80's), Williams appears to have taken work at the White's Pottery in Utica and produced this jug there. The recipient of the jug was very probably James Hubbard, who appears in the 1864 Utica directory as a silver plater; Hubbard was clearly a member and possibly a leader of the Utica Mechanics Association, founded in the 1830's to benefit local craftsmen. A great example of Utica stoneware and the first we have handled signed by one of the prolific White family's pottery workers. Literature: Illustrated in Images of America: Around Sylvan Beach, by Brandy Ann (Arcadia, 2008). Excellent, essentially as-made condition. H 5 3/4".



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