Item #7450 Lincoln Pottery Works. West, Hardwick & Co. Manufacturers of Rockingham & Yellow Queensware…. Hardwick West, Co.
Lincoln Pottery Works. West, Hardwick & Co. Manufacturers of Rockingham & Yellow Queensware…

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Lincoln Pottery Works. West, Hardwick & Co. Manufacturers of Rockingham & Yellow Queensware…

East Liverpool, Ohio, 1871. Broadside (16.5” x 10.25”), price table below title, the whole within a decorative border. [With] Illustrated shipping receipt (5.2” x 7.75”), completed in manuscript with pencil inscriptions on verso. CONDITION: Good, 3.25” separation and several 1” separations along old vertical folds (resulting in a minor loss to the border), 2 tape repairs at verso, a few tiny spots of staining, light creasing, chipping to margins; receipt good, light wear, old folds.

An unrecorded promotional broadside and receipt documenting pottery production in East Liverpool, Ohio.

During the 19th century, stoneware potteries sprang up in Ohio after clay deposits were discovered along a number of the state’s riverbanks. These potteries availed themselves of the state’s various transportation routes (railroads, canals, the Great Lakes, and rivers) to deliver their wares to growing urban centers. 

At the time this broadside was issued, West, Hardwick & Co. was producing Rockingham and Yellow Queensware as well as air-tight fruit jars. Detailed here are prices for some forty different types of pottery the company manufactured. Yellow Ware embraces Jelly Cans, Butter Pots, Mugs, Hanging Vases, Bird Baths, and Rice Dishes, while Rockingham Ware includes Gypsey Tea Pots, Pressed Pitchers (made in Buffalo and Indian styles), Pie Plates, and Pineapple Tea Pots. Some Yellow Ware pottery was made in the French style. Prices are given per dozen, and the prices range from 40 cents to $12.00. Sizes in inches are provided for many items. The bill of prices was adopted by the Board of Trade of Manufacturers of East Liverpool on January 18th 1871. All goods were warranted “perfect” when shipped. “As it is a known rule in our business to sell two bowls with each chamber, all chambers ordered without being ‘stuffed’ with bowls will be charged ten per cent higher than the above prices.” The Lincoln Pottery Works shipping receipt, dated July 27th 1871, records the shipment of one earthenware cask to Beatty and Whiteleather (of North Georgetown, Ohio) via Homeworth Station.

Around 1860, the Woodward and Blakely Pottery was sold at a sheriff’s sale to settle a dispute between the owners and the British-born potter William Bloor. William Brunt Jr., a pioneer pottery manufacturer, bought the pottery facility and divided the building so that it could house two separate potteries. Bloor retained one half, which became known as the Phoenix Pottery, and Brunt Jr. received the Lincoln Pottery Works. Immediately after the Civil War, Brunt Jr. sold the latter part of the plant to John Thompson, William Joblin, James Taylor, and John Hardwick. In 1866, the company was reorganized. George West took an interest in the company along with Hardwick, Thompson, and possibly others. Later, Captain W. S. George became a member of the company. West, Hardwick & Co. made cream colored ware for a number of years and around 1880 they went into the production of white granite ware. This, however, proved too much for the company and they were forced to suspend operations. In 1884, George Morley bought West, Hardwick & Co.’s plant.

No copies of this broadside are recorded in OCLC.

REFERENCES: Early Clay Industries of The Upper Ohio Valley at East Liverpool Historical Society online; William Bloorat The Museum of Ceramics online; The Glory Days Of Ohio Pottery And Glass, 1860–1945 at Incollect online.

Item #7450

Price: $350.00

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