1887 - 1903

The World’s Fair Vase

Date: 1892

In 1892 Eberly potter Levi Begerly set out to make an outstanding molded pottery vase to display at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Theophilus Grim and Theodore Fleet assisted in the effort. The vase has three parts, with the base meant to depict an English castle. The mark is stamped on this base. The potters made a limited number of unglazed copies of the vase, and sold some of them at the fair. A notation in Letcher Eberly’s diary of 1892 indicates some of those copies were painted. The original vase is in private hands today; this is one of the copies.

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Medium: Earthenware

Inscriptions: Stamped “J. EBERLY & CO. / STRASBURG VA”

Dimensions: H: 42 1/4 x W: 22 x D: 19 1/2 in.

Place: Strasburg, Virginia

Accession: 2001.0013.027

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Ceramics - Earthenware

Tags: Redware , Fair , Strasburg

Purchased in 2001.