John D. Heatwole (1826-1907) and Joseph Silber (1827-1890), as Heatwole and Silber, Dry River (active 1866), Rockingham Co., VA.
Excellent visual condition with very well-done professional restoration to several hairlines.
6 1/4" H, 11 1/4" D rim.
Provenance: Property of a Shenandoah Valley of Virginia private collector.
Catalogue Note: The present crock can be assigned to the short lived Heatwole and Silber partnership based on the jar referenced above which bears an identical brushed 1866 date. Heatwole and Silber partnered upon Heatwole's return home from Indiana following the Civil War and the journeyman Silber's migration from Harrisburg, PA where he had been employed at the Cowden & Wilcox pottery. The jar and this crock were likely from Heatwole's first kiln firing after his return from the War and possibly the only firing completed under this partnership. The so-called cake crock form in Rockingham Co. is extremely rare. The example referenced above stamped for the partnership of Woods and Silber is the only other cake crock recorded. It makes perfect sense that Silber was involved with both examples as he would have been exposed to large numbers of the form while working in Pennsylvania.
Published: Comstock - Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, p. 329, fig. 6.33. Literature: See Evans/Suter - A Great Deal of Stone & Earthen Ware, p. 13, fig. 1 for a Heatwole & Silber jar bearing the same date; and p. 70, fig. 109 for a similar cake crock stamped for Woods and Silber.