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Maker(s):Union Pottery (attributed to)
Culture:English (1833-1834)
Title:sugar bowl
Date Made:1833-1834
Type:Food Service
Materials:ceramic: lead-glazed, refined white earthenware (pearlware), underglaze cobalt blue enamel, transfer print
Place Made:United Kingdom; England; Staffordshire; Burslem
Accession Number:  HD 90.085
Credit Line:Funds provided by John W. Batdorf
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Staffordshire six-footed sugar bowl (see teapot, HD 90.084) with a domed cover and large bulbous knop, squat, bulbous body, and two S-shaped handles, which is decorated with dark blue, transfer-printed large flowers and berries popular in America. The sugar bowl is attributed to the Union Pottery Factory, a short-lived potters' cooperative in Burslem.The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association has two similar teapots. One was a gift from George Sheldon in 1889, that came with the label: "Blue teapot - Bought by Caroline (Stebbins) Sheldon about 1830 with money inherited from her aunt Abigail Sratton, who died in 1826. She died Dec. 1 1865." The same Union Pottery teapot, cup and saucer, and breakfast plate are listed in the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Assocation Relics of the Memorial Hall Museum catalogue (#82,83,84) as "Blue Six-legged Teapot Belonged to Caroline (Stebbins) Sheldon 1789-1865, mother of donor, George Sheldon." The other, a gift of Dr. Marion Rockwell of Amherst, Massachusetts, came with the label: "Carried by a pioneer from Massachusetts to New Hampshire in her saddle bag." Union Pottery pieces in HD's collection include: HD 90.025 (cream pot), HD 90.084 (teapot), 90.085 (this sugar bowl), and 96.046 (3 sets of teacups and saucers). An identical set of teapot, cream pot, and sugar bowl are owned in the New Hampshire Historical Society.

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