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circa 1858

Jacob D. Craven (American, 1824 - 1895)

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. Fifth-generation Craven potter Jacob Dorris Craven was one of the most prolific potters in North Carolina, producing as much as 6,000 gallons of jugs, crocks, and pitchers a year. He partnered frequently with his brother Thomas Wesley, as manifested by this jug marked “J.D. & T.W. CRAVEN”. Two of Jacob’s sons also became potters. Little work survives from Thomas, since he lived only to the age of twenty-nine.

Place object was created: Randolph County, NC

stoneware, salt glaze

Measurements:    height: 11 inches

Gift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary and Daisy Wade Bridges from the Collection of Walter and Dorothy Auman H1983.190.177

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