STAMPED “CARVER & WIGHTMAN / EDINBURG / VA”, SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA EARTHENWARE / REDWARE CANNING JAR

Item/Auction Attributes

lead-glazed with an attractive green and orange mottling,
The shop of Hiram Carver (c. 1826-1888) and William A. Wightman (1826-1876), Edinburg, VA; potted by John George Schweinfurt (1825-1907).
1854-1859.
Excellent condition, a number of shallow chips to exterior of mouth, otherwise undamaged.
10 3/8" H, 2 3/4" D rim, 5 1/4" D base.
Provenance: From a 40-year Shenandoah Valley private collection.
$800.00
$1,200.00
Catalogue Note: Signed Carver and Wightman pottery in general is extremely rare, and signed earthenware from the firm is even more so. The discovery of this jar provides a visual link to John George Schweinfurt's first Shenandoah Valley work upon immigrating to America from Germany in 1854. Soon after arriving, Schweinfurt began working at the Carver and Wightman Pottery in Edinburg. By 1860 he was in New Market where he established his own pottery where he appears to have produced only earthenware, working into the early 20th century. The glazing of the present jar including the fully glazed underside is identical to much of his prolific output in New Market, VA. This opens the possibility that some wares thought to have been produced at his New Market pottery are actually the product of his time working in Edinburg.
Literature: Stamp as Comstock - Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, p. 385, fig. 7.19. See Jeffrey S. Evans (T/A GVA), 6/25/2004, lot 39 for a stoneware example of identical form.