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Fifteen-Gallon Masonic Jar


John A. Craven (American, 1824 - 1859)

The Craven family is one of the most notable North Carolina potting dynasties, beginning with Peter Craven (circa 1712–1791), who moved to North Carolina around 1745. John Anderson Craven and his three brothers, William Nicholas, Jacob Dorris, and Thomas Wesley, learned how to pot from their father, the Reverend Anderson Craven (1801–1872). John Anderson worked in partnership with his father throughout his life, while his brothers left home to start their own pottery workshops once they reached adulthood.

Place object was created: Randolph County, NC

stoneware, salt glaze, cobalt

Measurements:    height: 27 inches    width: 16 inches    width: 10 inches

Gift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary and Daisy Wade Bridges from the Collection of Walter and Dorothy Auman H1983.190.1

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