Extremely Rare Four-Gallon Edgefield, SC "P" Stoneware Jar, John Presley Factory, Kirksey's Crossroads

Spring 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 62

Price Realized: $1,440.00

($1,200 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Spring 2021 Auction Catalog

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Extremely Rare Four-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar, Stamped "P," attributed to the John Presley Factory, Kirksey's Crossroads, Edgefield District, SC, circa 1840, ovoid jar with semi-rounded rim and distinctive, heavily-arched lug handles, the surface covered in a mottled, olive-colored alkaline glaze. According to Cinda K. Baldwin's Great and Noble Jar, this jar was made at Presley's stoneware manufactory at the Martintown Road Pottery, later owned by John Durham and John Trapp (Baldwin, p. 48-49). Among the earliest examples of surviving stoneware attributed to the Kirksey's Crossroads area. Literature: Illustrated in Baldwin, Great and Noble Jar, p. 50, fig. 2.19. A 1 7/8" rim chip on front. A 1 1/2" rim chip on reverse. Other small rim chips. A thin 6 1/2" crack from rim on front. A thin curving extending from rim to midsection on reverse. A thin crack from rim to shoulder on reverse. A 1 1/8" chip to one handle. A 3/4" chip to opposite handle. H 16".

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