1800 - 1880

Inkstand

Date: 1825

This is the first documented tin-glazed ceramic object made in America. The stand has pierced holes to receive tiny receptacles for sand and ink. Bell’s mark appears in raised lettering on the upright extension of the back. The town and date are incised in script on the back, as well. John Bell was the oldest child of potter Peter Bell Jr. He was first mentioned in his father’s account book at age fourteen. By the time he was eighteen, John Bell was transporting pottery from Hagerstown to Winchester. He moved to Winchester in 1824, married, and had a son.

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Medium: Earthenware, with lead, tin, and cobalt glaze over a slip wash

Inscriptions: Incised "Winchester / March 12th 1825"; Stamped "J. Bell"

Dimensions: H: 3 3/8 x W: 5 x D: 2 3/8 in.

Accession: 2000.0011

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Ceramics - Earthenware

Tags: Winchester, Virginia , Earthenware , Tin , Lead , Cobalt Glaze

Purchased on September 21, 2000.