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Object Name: Jar
Date: 1833-1861
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Medium: Salt-glazed stoneware, cobalt oxide
Dimensions: Overall: 10 1/2 x 6 in. ( 26.7 x 15.2 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Salt-glazed stoneware jar impressed with the maker's mark and decorated with cobalt blue slashes.
Credit Line: Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
Object Number: 1927.80
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Marks: impressed: on front: "W. SMITH/ GREENWICH/ NEW YORK"

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The shoulder of this jar is impressed with the elusive maker's mark of Manhattan, New York potter, Washington Smith, within an oval border. According to William Ketchum's Potters and Potteries of New York State, 1650-1900, "Though Washington Smith made stoneware in Manhattan from 1833 until 1861, relatively few of his marked pieces have been identified" (Ketchum, p. 60). Smith's shop was located at 32-34 Eighteenth Street in Chelsea (Ketchum, p. 59).