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Maker(s):Union Pottery (attributed to)
Culture:English (1833-1834)
Title:cream pot
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
Measurements:overall: 4 3/8 in x 5 3/8 in x 3 3/8 in; 11.1125 cm x 13.6525 cm x 8.5725 cm
Accession Number:  HD 90.025
Credit Line:Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Medlicott
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Staffordshire cream pot or jug with a squat, bulbous body with elaborate C-scrolled handle, wide pouring spout, and suported on six feet, which is decorated with dark blue, transfer-printed large flowers and berries -- the very dark blue color being popular in America. According to family tradition, the cream jug belonged to the donor's mother, Allethaire Chase Estey (1876-1953) of Brattleboro, Vermont. The daughter of Edwin Chase and Sue Cowan Chase of Lexington, Kentucky, Allethaire Chase and her family summered in Brattleboro, Vermont, where she met her husband, Julius Harry Estey (1874-1920) of Brattleboro and a member of the Estey Organ Company family. The cream jug descended to their daughter Allethaire Estey (1900-1991) who married Alexander G. Medlicott (b.1896) in 1922; and their daughter, Allethaire Chase Medlicott (1923-1997) married Dana Charles Chase (1918 - 2002). This cream pot came with the paper label; "Betsy Richardson/ about 1815" attached to it and is now in the data file. The cream jug was made by the Union Pottery Factory, a short-lived potters' cooperative in Burslem. Union Pottery pieces in HD's collection include: HD 90.025 (this cream pot), HD 90.084 (teapot), 90.085 (sugar bowl), and 96.046 (3 sets of teacups and saucers). A related 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." An identical set of teapot, cream pot, and sugar bowl are owned in the New Hampshire Historical Society.

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