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Object Name Jar, Food-storage
Date 1835-1855
Description Salt-glazed stoneware jar. Ovoid with wide mouth, flattened rim, and two lug handles. Incised line at waist. Impressed mark on reverse with cobalt blue fill: "J.M. PRUDEN / ELIZ-TOWN NJ". Cobalt blue slip trail decoration of a stylized flower. Made by John Mills Pruden of Elizabeth, New Jersey. Height is 7.250 inches; diameter at top is 8.250 inches.
Acquisition Gift of Kitty Parker
Ownership and History Keen Pruden took over operation of a redware factory in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1819, and around 1832 he began to manufacture stoneware. He retired in 1835, and his son, John Mills Pruden, took over the business and continued until 1877. Some of his pieces have a maker’s mark that includes the address 185 Duane Street, denoting goods made after he established a distribution center in Manhattan. From 1865 to 1871, he had a partnership with Manhattan merchant Augustus Olcott; pieces manufactured during that period were marked “PRUDEN & OLCOTT.”
Earliest Date 1835
Latest Date 1855
Maker Pruden (potteries) (John Mills Pruden)
Material Ceramic
Subjects Food
Lexicon Sub-category Food Processing T&E
Catalog Number F07.0534
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, May 2014.
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