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COFFMAN FAMILY, ROCKINGHAM CO., SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF

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Lot 0017 Details

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COFFMAN FAMILY, ROCKINGHAM CO., SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA DECORATED STONEWARE SQUAT POT / PRESERVE JAR, salt-glazed, compressed bulbous form with pronounced neck ring, plain rim and grooved, arched handles, distinctive clam-shell cut-off lines under base. Brushed and slip-trailed feathered fern decoration on each side, additional cobalt at handle terminals. Attributed to William Carlton Coffman (1822-1896) or his sons William Samuel Coffman (1846-1912), Edward Elone Coffman (1853-1919), and Robert Andrew Coffman (1855-1920) working at Henry H. Miller's Elk Run Pottery near Conrad's Store/Elkton, VA. Circa 1870. 5 3/4" H, 4 1/2" D rim.

Published: Evans/Suter - A Great Deal of Stone & Earthen Ware, p. 39, fig. 24.

Provenance: Collection of the late John and Lil Palmer, Purcellville, VA.
Jeffrey S. Evans/Green Valley Auctions, March 8, 1997.
Exhibited: "'A Great Deal of Stone & Earthen Ware,' The Rockingham County, Virginia School of Folk Pottery", Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, September 7 - December 30, 2004, No. 24.

Catalogue Note: This is one of a growing group of pottery attributed to Andrew Coffman's son and/or grandsons in the Elkton area.
Col. Henry H. Miller Jr/III (1797-1873) was the initial owner of the pottery having established it on the Shenandoah River prior to 1859. William S. Coffman and his brothers represent the third generation of Coffman family potters. In the 1870 Rockingham Co. census William is recorded as a potter living with Henry Miller while his father, also listed as a potter, resided next door in the potter's house with his younger sons who were recorded as "Potter's apprentices."
Upon Henry Miller's death in 1873, his son Joseph George Harnsberger Miller took over the pottery and began advertising as the "Riverton Crock Works of Messers Miller & Coffman". Research on the Miller and Coffman family pottery ventures is ongoing.
Condition
Small hole drilled just above the base on the reverse, otherwise undamaged.
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COFFMAN FAMILY, ROCKINGHAM CO., SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF

Estimate $800 - $1,200Apr 05, 2014
Starting Price $400
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