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Coffman, Andrew
Place Made:
Timberville Rockingham County Virginia
Date Made:
salt glazed –stoneware
HOA: 5 7/8″; WOA: 5 1/4″
Accession Number:
This salt-glazed stoneware pitcher associated with the shop of John Zigler has a high neck decorated with cobalt blue brush strokes flanking the lip. It has a pulled handle and an incised line along the middle of the neck. This incised line was made to mark where the handle juncture was to be placed. Along the shoulder of the pitcher at the front is a large floral decoration in cobalt blue. This pitcher bears resemblance to a pitcher dated 1832 and found in the basement of the Zigler homeplace in Timberville, Virginia.

MAKER: Though associated with Jacob Zigler, the pitcher was likely made by potter Andrew Coffman (1795-1853). Coffman moved to Rockingham County in the 1820s and was the primary potter at John Zigler’s pottery in Timberville from 1829 to 1839, based on evidence from the surviving account books of the Zigler Pottery. John Zigler (1786-1856) himself was not a potter but rather an entrepreneur, operating the pottery a few miles west of New Market, supplementing his full-time work as a successful farmer and tanner.

Evans, Jeffrey S. and Scott Hamilton Suter. “A Great Deal of Stone & Earthen Ware.” Dayton, VA: Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, 2004.

Credit Line:
The William C. and Susan S. Mariner Collection