RARE AND IMPORTANT COFFMAN SCHOOL, PROBABLY ROCKINGHAM CO., SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA INSCRIBED AND DECORATED SALT-GLAZED STONEWARE DIMINUTIVE LIDDED JAR

Item/Auction Attributes

Attributed to the school of Andrew Coffman, probably Eastern Rockingham Co
1845-1865

Partial loss to one handle and minor flakes to lid

5 3/4" h overall, jar 4 1/2" h, 3" d rim, 4 1/4" d overall, 2 7/8" d base

Estate of Craig Patterson, Grottoes, Va

$8,000.00
$12,000.00

This jar’s inscriptions are by the same hand as the examples illustrated by Evans and Suter although its small size and decoration are atypical. While Eddins has not been positively identified, a Julia A. Eddins was recorded in the 1860 Madison Co. census. Evans/Suter notes that several examples of this more bulbous style jar have been found in Madison and Greene Counties which are east of Rockingham Co., just across the Blue Ridge Mountains from Coffman’s Swift Run/Beldor site. This jar was recently discovered in the Patterson estate of Grottoes which is located on Rt. 340 directly south of Coffman’s pottery. This corridor has been the source of numerous other Coffman attributed lidded jars

Closely related to Evans/Suter, pp. 41, 42, figs. 30-33