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Sugar Jar

Artist/Maker:
Beard, Benjamin __Attributed to
Place Made:
Guilford County North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1810-1830
Medium:
salt glazed –stoneware
Dimensions:
HOA: 5 3/4″; WOA: 3 3/4″
Accession Number:
5813.43
Description:
This salt-glazed stoneware sugar jar was likely made by Quaker potter Benjamin Beard, who lived in southwestern Guilford County, North Carolina. The pot has a history in neighboring Randolph County since its manufacture. Because of its provenance, as well as the similarities it shares with the few surviving stamped Beard pieces– including the handle shape, clay color, and dark salt-glazed surface–the piece has been attributed to Beard. All of the surviving pottery attributed to Beard is a deep brown color because of the iron rich clay that was used to make it.

MAKER: Benjamin Beard (1775-1841) was a son of William and Lavina (Gifford) Beard, whose familes were part of the large Quaker migration from Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, to Piedmont North Carolina in the early 1770s. Benjamin was born in Guilford County shortly after his family’s migration. They were members of Deep River Monthly Meeting. Benjamin’s probate inventory documents his career as a potter, listing one pipe mold, two large jugs, two old jugs and a potter’s “lathe” [wheel].

Guilford County, NC, Inventories, Vol. 10, 1835-1842, p. 546.

Zug, Charles G. “Turners and Burners: The Folk Potters of North Carolina.” Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1986.

History:
This piece was sold by Randolph County potter and dealer Billy Ray Hussey. It was found in Randolph County, North Carolina, with a history of always having been in the county.
Credit Line:
The William C. and Susan S. Mariner Collection