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Craven, Anderson
Place Made:
Randolph County North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
HOA: 14″
DIA: 9″
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Two gallon salt-glazed stoneware jug with maker’s mark and “C” shaped handle. Having a small mouth with rolled rim and cinched neck; the handle begins just below the mouth. The body flares outward from the neck to create a bulbous middle and narrows at the base. Some variation in glaze color along one side, small areas appearing orange in color. Stamped “AC” and “2” for the jug’s maker, Anderson Craven, and its two-gallon capacity.

MAKER: Anderson Craven (1801-1872) was a member of extensive potting dynasty of the Craven family. His father, the Reverend John Craven (c 1770-1832) was a Methodist minster and the earliest documented potter of the family. His 1832 probate inventory listed “1 potters wheel & crank.” Like his father, Anderson Craven was both a Methodist minister and a potter. He married Elizabeth Fox of a prominent Chatham County potting family, and their sons included potters William Nicholas (b. 1820), John A. (b. 1824), Jacob Dorris (b. 1827), and Thomas Wesley Craven (b. 1829). Anderson Craven operated a store and pottery near the Rehobeth Methodist Chruch in Randolph County. His account ledger from 1858 to 1871 survives in the Perkins Library of Duke University.

Scarborough, Quincy. The Craven Family of Southern Folk Potters: North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri. Fayetteville, NC: privately published, 2005.

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