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William Hare Master Potter Oyster Jar - Delaware Potter

William Hare Master Potter Oyster Jar - Delaware Potter


A beautiful and rare dark glaze William Hare oyster jug. Oyster jars were as named and were first made for the sale and storage of oysters. Delaware had a thriving oyster busines since the 1700's and William Hare was probably one of many potters in the area to sell this type of jar.

William Hare was the only Delaware potter that is known to have stamped/signed his ware.  He owned and operated the largest pottery in Delaware and was active from 1837-1885. He purchased an existing pottery in 1837 on French Street in Wilmington and remained there through 1885. At the beginning of his work in 1837, he concentrated on earthenware and in 1860 shifted to the production of stoneware as his main focus. He is best known for his production of storage jars but also made churns, jugs, bottles, pitchers, milk pans, and baking crocks. His pottery closed its doors with his death in 1885.

It is 7.5" tall.


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