IMPORTANT ROCKINGHAM CO., SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA SALT-GLAZED STONEWARE PRESENTATION MILK PITCHER

Item/Auction Attributes

Attributed to Ezekiel Lam(b), Beldor/Island Ford area, Eastern Rockingham Co
1860

Two minor chips to edge of rim and a very faint hairline at base

6" h, 3 3/8" d rim, 3 1/4" d foot

Descended in the Armentrout family of Elkton, Va

$5,000.00
$8,000.00

Ezekiel Lam is a previously unrecorded potter. He is listed in the 1850 and 1860 Rockingham Co. censuses as a farmer which is not unusual for potters of this period and region due to the seasonal nature of their work. The small presentation jar referenced above is also inscribed E. A. Lam and dated 1860, but it bears the additional initials IDL for Isaac D. Lam who is a recoded potter working in conjunction with the Coffmans in the Beldor area. Isaac’s and Ezekiel’s familial relationship is unknown at this time. The Island Road Shop is also a previously unrecorded site. Island Ford is located just west across the ridge from the Beldor area. In the 19th century a road connected the two areas and it is very possible that the shop was located on this road

Related to Evans/Suter, p. 100, fig. 196