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Maker(s):Asa Smith Pottery (Attributed to)
Date Made:1830-1850
Type:Food Service
Materials:ceramic: lead-glazed red earthenware (redware), white slip
Place Made:United States; Connecticut; Norwalk or Pennsylvania
Measurements:Overall: 1 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in; 3.8 cm x 24.1 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2014.4.35
Credit Line:William T. Brandon Memorial Collection of American Redware and Ceramics
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Asa E. Smith (1798-1880) founded the Smith pottery of Norwalk, CT, later the Smith & Day pottery, A.E. Smith & Sons, and A.E. Smith’s Sons’ Pottery Co., in 1825. The pottery crafted and sold jars, jugs, plates, and pitchers until it became insolvent in 1887. In 1888 the pottery was sold to the Norwalk Pottery Company. The pottery specialized in producing redware pie plates and dishes with names and sayings on them. Circular shallow drape molded plate with coggled rim; decorated with white slip using a slip cup, inscribed "Ned" in cursive with a flourish below; the plate is unglazed on the reverse. Plate numbered in red, "103." This object was originally in the collection of Burton N. Gates. Notecard from the Gates papers reads: "Plate/ Col. 1912, Willimantic, Ct. Red clay. Deep red glaze. Slip decorated, "Ned."/ Bu...rded gt.[illegible?]" Condition: Several losses from white slip/glaze, the glaze has areas of abrasion, small chip out of the rim, large loss of clay body from the backside of the plate, there is a lot of grime (soot and grease) on the edge and underside rim of this dish.

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