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Object Name Jar, Food-storage
Date ca. 1800-1803
Description Salt-glazed stoneware jar. Ovoid shape with wide slightly flared mouth, 2 incised lines below mouth, loop handles on shoulder. Decorated with impressed design of swags and tassels filled with cobalt blue. Impressed inscriptions filled with cobalt blue: "COERLEARS / HOOK" on one side and "N. YORK" on opposite side. Interior is unglazed. Made by Thomas Commeraw, Corlear's Hook, Manhattan.
(Keywords: New York City)
Ownership and History Corlear's Hook was a site near the shore of the East River in Manhattan. Thomas Commeraw (sometimes spelled Commereau) was an African American community leader and a potter whose clients included free black oystermen, church leaders, and abolitionists. He was selected by the American Colonization Society to travel to Sierra Leone around 1820 to govern a new colony there.

Today, Corlear's Hook is remembered by a New York City park at the intersection of Jackson and Cherry Streets, near the FDR Drive.
Earliest Date 1797
Latest Date 1819
Maker Thomas Commeraw, Corlear's Hook, Manhattan
Material Ceramic
Subjects Food
Lexicon Sub-category Food Processing T&E
Catalog Number F07.2725
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