|Object Name||Jar, Food-storage|
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.
|Maker||Thomas Commeraw, Corlear's Hook, Manhattan|
|Lexicon Sub-category||Food Processing T&E|
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